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Document ID (ISN)75744
CIS number 00-1605
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Diepgen T.L., Coenraads P.J.
Title The epidemiology of occupational contact dermatitis
Bibliographic information Nov. 1999, Vol.72, No.8, p.496-506. Illus. 75 ref.
Abstract Occupational contact dermatitis ranks first of all occupational diseases in many countries. The incidence rate is believed to be around 0.5-1.9 cases per 1,000 full-time workers per year. Epidemiological studies play an important role in observing disease trends, analysing risk factors, and monitoring the effect of preventive measures. This review article highlights the lack of reliable epidemiologic data on occupational contact dermatitis and the difficulties of such studies. The following issues are highlighted: case ascertainment and bias, the distribution of allergic and irritant contact dermatitis in the working population, the interrelationship between exogenous (allergens, irritants) and endogenous factors, the prognosis, the social and economic impact, and the need for intervention studies.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; eczema; dermatitis; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; occupational hygiene; allergens; cost of diseases; individual susceptibility; health service records; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany; Netherlands
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology
Skin diseases