ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)77683
CIS number 01-1690
ISSN - Serial title 1061-0251 - Occupational Hygiene
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Loomis D., Salvan A., Kromhout H., Kriebel D.
Title Selecting indices of occupational exposure for epidemiologic studies
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.5, No.1, p.73-91. 47 ref.
Abstract Decisions about how best to describe the magnitude or timing of exposure are challenging in almost every epidemiological study because the number of possible representations of any epidemiological relationship is large, but knowledge is limited. This paper seeks to promote a discussion of problems surrounding the selection of indices of exposure for epidemiological studies in occupational health. Five themes are considered: general approaches to selecting exposure indicators; measurement error; exposure-time or latency analysis, dosimetric models, and philosophical issues in exposure-response modeling. It is proposed to focus future research on the properties of measurement error, dosimetric models, and other advanced exposure estimation techniques. A need also exists for more deliberate development of epidemiological theory and an ongoing examination of research methods in relation to goals for science and public health.
Descriptors (primary) exposure evaluation; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study; dosimetry; mathematical models; job-exposure relation; mathematical analysis; dose-response relationship
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Epidemiology