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Proportion of dermatitis attributed to work exposures in the working population, United States, 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
St. Louis T; Ehrlich E; Bunn T; Kanotra S; Fussman C; Rosenman KD
Am J Ind Med 2014 Jun; 57(6):653-659
Background: The US employer-based surveillance system for work-related health conditions underestimates the prevalence of work-related dermatitis. Objective: The authors sought to utilize information from workers to improve the accuracy of prevalence estimates for work-related dermatitis. Methods: Three state health departments included questions in the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey designed to ascertain the prevalence of dermatitis in the working population, as well as healthcare experiences, personal perceptions of work-relatedness, and job changes associated with dermatitis. Results: The percentage of working respondents who reported receiving a clinician's opinion that their dermatitis was work-related was between 3.8% and 10.2%. When patients' perceptions were considered, the work-related dermatitis prevalence estimate increased to between 12.9% and 17.6%. Conclusions: Including patients' perceptions of work-relatedness produced a larger prevalence estimate for work-related dermatitis than the previously published estimate of 5.6%, which included only those cases of dermatitis attributed to work by healthcare professionals.
Surveillance-programs; Workers; Exposure-levels; Skin; Skin-exposure; Dermatitis; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Epidemiology; Public-health; skin-irritants; Author Keywords: dermatitis prevalence; occupational; self-report; physician-diagnosed; epidemiology; survey; public health; Connecticut; Kentucky; Michigan
Thomas St. Louis, MSPH, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Unit, 410 Capitol Ave., MS# 11EOH, Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008463; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008483; M032014
Issue of Publication
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
CT; KY; MI
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
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