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Document ID (ISN)109313
CIS number 09-298
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Francis H.C., Prys-Picard C.O., Fishwick D., Stenton C., Burge P.S., Bradshaw L.M., Ayres J.G., Campbell S.M., Niven R.M.
Title Defining and investigating occupational asthma: A consensus approach
Bibliographic information June 2007, Vol.64, No.6, p.361-365. Illus. 25 ref.
Internet access 09-0298.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to propose a definition of occupational asthma and to define the framework of resources necessary to run a specialist occupational asthma clinic. A modified RAND method was used to gain a consensus of opinion from an expert panel of clinicians running specialist occupational asthma clinics in the United Kingdom. Consensus was reached over 10 terms defining occupational asthma. Disagreement arose on whether low dose irritant-induced asthma existed, but the panel agreed that if it did exist, they would include it in the definition of "work-related asthma". The panel agreed on of resources which should be available to a specialist occupational asthma service, including spirometry testing, non-specific provocation challenge and specific IgE to a wide variety of occupational agents. It is hoped that the outcome of this process will improve uniformity of definition and diagnosis of occupational asthma.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; asthma; occupational medicine; hospitals; diagnosis
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; irritants; spirometry; United Kingdom; allergy tests; immunoglobulins
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)