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Document ID (ISN)109357
CIS number 09-328
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mirabelli M.C., Zock J.P., Plana E., Antˇ J.M., Benke G., Blanc P.D., Dahlman-H÷glund A., Jarvis D.L., Kromhout H., Lillienberg L., Norbńck D., Olivieri M., Radon K., Sunyer J., TorÚn K., van Sprundel M., Villani S., Kogevinas M.
Title Occupational risk factors for asthma among nurses and related healthcare professionals in an international study
Bibliographic information July 2007, Vol.64, No.7, p.474-479. 29 ref.
Internet access 09-0328.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study examined the relations between self-reported work tasks, use of cleaning products and latex glove use with new-onset asthma among nursing and other healthcare workers. A cohort of 332 participants from 22 European sites working in nursing and other related healthcare jobs followed during a nine-year period responded to a questionnaire about their work environment, occupational tasks, products used at work and respiratory symptoms. Poisson regression models were used to compare the risk of new-onset asthma among healthcare workers exposed to various substances to that of unexposed respondents who reported administrative occupations during the entire follow-up period. Compared to the referent group, increased risks were observed risks among hospital technicians (risk ratio RR 4.63) and among those using ammonia and/or bleach at work (RR 2.16). Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) asthma; risk factors; health care personnel; nursing personnel
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; ammonia; bleaches; statistical evaluation; case-control study; cohort study; hospitals; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; Belgium; Germany; Spain; United Kingdom; Greece; Italy; Netherlands; Sweden; USA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)