Asthma in health care workers: 2008 and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System asthma call-back survey.
White-GE; Mazurek-JM; Moorman-JE
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(12):1463-1468
Objective: To estimate the prevalence of current asthma and the proportion of asthma that is work-related among health care and non-health care workers. Methods: We used 2008 and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System High Risk/Health Care Worker Module and Asthma Call-Back Survey data collected in 35 states and the District of Columbia to estimate prevalence ratios (PRs). Results: Significantly more health care workers/volunteers than non-health care workers/volunteers with current asthma had asthma attacks (PR = 1.23; 95% confidence interval = 1.03 to 1.46) and asthma symptoms within the past year (PR = 1.07; 95% confidence interval = 1.00 to 1.14). There was no significant difference in the proportion of health care and non-health care workers/volunteers diagnosed with current asthma or work-related asthma. Conclusions: The results of this study are consistent with previous research showing that health care workers with asthma have higher proportions of asthma attacks than non-health care workers
Health-care; Medical-care; Worker-health; Work-environment; Health-surveys; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Surveillance-programs; Bronchial-asthma; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disorders
Gretchen E. White, MPH, 1095 Willowdale Rd. MS HG-900. Morgantown. WV 26505
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine