Self-reported skin symptoms and skin-related quality of life among Latino immigrant poultry processing and other manual workers.
Quandt-SA; Newman-JC; Pichardo-Geisinger-R; Mora-DC; Chen-H; Feldman-SR; Arcury-TA
Am J Ind Med 2014 May; 57(5):605-614
Background: Manual labor employment occurs in environments with exposures likely to impact skin-related quality of life (SRQOL). Objectives: The objectives of this paper are to (1) document the dimensions of SRQOL, (2) examine its association with skin symptoms, and (3) identify the predictors of SRQOL in Latino manual workers. Methods: A population-based survey of 733 Latino manual workers obtained Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and skin symptoms in the prior year. Results: Two-thirds of workers were employed in production. Skin symptoms in prior year were reported by 23%. Impaired SRQOL was reported by 23%. In multivariate analyses, reduced SRQOL was associated with age, occupation, childhood indigenous language use, and experience of skin symptoms in the prior year. Conclusions: Despite overall high SRQOL exposures in some immigrant occupational groups produce reduce SRQOL. This rural, immigrant population faces significant obstacles to obtaining dermatological care; efforts are needed to improve their SRQOL.
Environmental-exposure; Risk-factors; Skin; Skin-exposure; Skin-infections; Skin-disorders; Skin-irritants; Sociological-factors; Humans; Women; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry;
Author Keywords: poultry processing workers; manual workers; occupational health; survey; immigrant health
Sara A. Quandt, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina