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Document ID (ISN)102036
CIS number 03-1174
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lushniak B.D.
Title The importance of occupational skin diseases in the United States
Bibliographic information June 2003, Vol.76, No.5, p.325-330. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract Occupational skin diseases and disorders (OSDs) are the most commonly reported non-trauma-related (acute or cumulative) category of occupational illnesses in the United States. This factor, along with their potential chronicity, their effect on an individual's occupational and non-occupational activities, and the fact that they are preventable, point out the public health importance of OSDs. It can be difficult to obtain accurate epidemiological data for OSDs in the United States, and all sources have their limitations. OSD cases that result in days away from work are important categories to study, since days away from work may be used as an indicator of the severity of a case. Descriptive epidemiology may be used to provide further information on these "more severe" cases, to determine, for example, high-risk industries, occupations, and exposures, and then to use this information to focus prevention strategies.
Descriptors (primary) USA; skin diseases; epidemiology; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; sickness absenteeism; safety and health documentation; registers of occupational diseases; severity rates; occupation disease relation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology
Skin diseases