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Document ID (ISN)103916
CIS number 05-78
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mancuso C.A., Rincon M., Charlson M.E.
Title Adverse work outcomes and events attributed to asthma
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.44, No.3, p.236-245. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this study were to assess the impact of asthma on work aptitude, workplace events, and career. 196 patients in an urban health care centre completed a questionnaire on life events and rated whether adverse work events were caused by asthma. 36% of these patients had either changed jobs, work hours, or work duties, and 65% had taken days off because of asthma. In multivariate analyses, less education, not wanting to work, more comorbidity, prior use of oral corticosteroids and current use of oral beta agonists and methylxanthines were associated with these outcomes. Also, currently-working patients were more likely to be using inhaled corticosteroids. 39% believed asthma had adversely affected their career by causing them to not pursue a desired career; not get promoted due to absenteeism, change to a worse job and be perceived as incapable of more responsible assignments. 7% had a negative work event in the preceding year that they attributed to asthma, including job loss and unfavourable interactions with co-workers.
Descriptors (primary) work efficiency; sickness absenteeism; unemployment; work aptitude; transfer to other work; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) corticoids; questionnaire survey; human relations
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Unemployment
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)