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Document ID (ISN)104912
CIS number 06-300
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Keegel T., Cahill J., Noonan A., Dharmage S., Saunders H., Frowen K., Nixon R.
Title Incidence and prevalence rates for occupational contact dermatitis in an Australian suburban area
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.52, No.5, p.254-259. 18 ref.
Abstract This study investigated the incidence of occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) for a defined geographical area in Melbourne, Australia. Two methods of data collection were used. In the first method, 30 general practitioners, two dermatologists and one dermatology outpatient clinic within a defined area reported each worker with suspected OCD seen as part of routine practice. With the second method, workers living in the area who were referred to a tertiary referral OCD clinic were included in the study. Patch testing was used to verify suspected cases. The incidence rate for confirmed cases was 20.5 per 100,000 workers. The one-year-period prevalence rate was 34.5 per 100,000 workers. The positive predictive value was highest for the occupational dermatology clinic referrals (63%) compared with reports from the dermatologists and the outpatient clinic (55%) and from general practitioners (43%).
Descriptors (primary) Australia; frequency rates; eczema
Descriptors (secondary) diagnosis; dermatological services; skin tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases