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Document ID (ISN)105606
CIS number 06-1105
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vollmer W.M., Heumann M.A., Breen V.R., Henneberger P.K., O'Connor E.A., Villnave J.M., Frazier E.A., Buist A.S.
Title Incidence of work-related asthma in members of a health maintenance organization
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.47, No.12, p.1292-1297. 26 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the incidence of work-related asthma among health maintenance organization (HMO) members. Using the HMO's electronic medical records, 1747 persons with evidence of new or recurrent asthma were identified. Interviews elicited information about workplace exposures, symptoms and home environment. Industrial hygienists rated the respondents' work environments according to their potential to cause asthma. Based on the industrial hygienist ratings and on self-reported work-relatedness of asthma symptoms, 33% of those interviewed were classified as having potentially work-related asthma, yielding an overall work-related asthma incidence/recurrence rate of 28 cases per 10,000. The contribution of occupation to the occurrence of adult onset asthma may be much higher than is typically suggested in the literature.
Descriptors (primary) morbidity; microclimate; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; allergens; exposure; symptoms; cross-sectional study; subjective assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)