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Document ID (ISN)105433
CIS number 06-809
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meding B., Lantto R., Lindahl G., Wrangsj÷ K., Bengtsson B.
Title Occupational skin disease in Sweden - A 12-year follow-up
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.53, No.6, p.308-313. 33 ref.
Abstract The aim of this project was to study the long-term prognosis of occupational skin diseases in Sweden. In 1999, a questionnaire was sent to individuals who had reported occupational skin disease to the Social Insurance Office in 1987. A total of 323 women and 194 men responded, with an overall participation rate of 83%, Among the participants, 85% reported skin symptoms after 1987, 70% during the previous year and 28% considered themselves recovered. Statistical analysis showed that skin atopy was the strongest unfavourable factor for the prognosis, followed by contact allergy and being female. Other findings are discussed. The conclusion is that occupational skin diseases have a clear tendency to end up as chronic conditions with a majority still reporting symptoms at a 12-year follow-up. The skin disease had influenced the occupational situation for the majority (82%) and for 15% it resulted in exclusion from the labour market through unemployment or disability pension.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; skin diseases; prognosis; Sweden
Descriptors (secondary) work capacity; eczema; individual susceptibility; long-term study; sex-linked differences; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases