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Document ID (ISN)104566
CIS number 06-72
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Whelan E.A., Lawson C.C., Grajewski B., Petersen M.R., Pinkerton L.E., Ward E.M., Schnorr T.M.
Title Prevalence of respiratory symptoms among female flight attendants and teachers
Bibliographic information Dec. 2003, Vol.60, No.12, p.929-934. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to analyse the prevalence of self-reported respiratory symptoms and illnesses among two populations largely confined to indoor environments, flight attendants (FAs) and schoolteachers. The prevalence of work related eye, nose, and throat symptoms, wheezing, physician diagnosed asthma, chest illness, and cold or flu were calculated and stratified by smoking status in 1824 FAs and 331 schoolteachers (all women). FAs and teachers were significantly more likely to report work related eye, nose and throat symptoms than were other working women. FAs were also significantly more likely than teachers and other working women to report chest illness during the prior three years. Both study groups were more likely to report five or more episodes of cold or flu in the past year than were other working women and both groups were more likely to report wheezing than other working women. FAs were less likely than teachers and other working women to report having been diagnosed with asthma.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; women; educational institutions; air transport
Descriptors (secondary) influenza; subjective assessment; eye irritation; frequency rates; symptoms; asthma; questionnaire survey; smoking
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Influenza
Air transportation
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Teaching and educational institutions
Viral diseases (other than aids)