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Document ID (ISN)105858
CIS number 06-1349
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Leira H.L., Bratt U., Slňstad S.
Title Notified cases of occupational asthma in Norway: Exposure and consequences for health and income
Bibliographic information Nov. 2005, Vol.48, No.5, p.359-364. 25 ref.
Abstract Norwegian physicians are required to report cases of occupational diseases among their patients to the Labor Inspection Authority. The registry of these notifications was used to study the incidence of occupational asthma (OA) for the period 1995-1999. A postal questionnaire inquiring into the nature of their work, respiratory symptoms, smoking and socio-economic consequences of the disease was addressed to 1,239 workers with a physician's diagnosis of obstructive respiratory disease. The response rate was 81% (1,000 workers of whom 723 had occupational asthma). The highest incidence of notifications was found in the primary aluminium industry and in bakers, car painters, and welders. At the time of notification, more than half of the workers had left their original jobs. At the time of the study in 2001, approximately the same proportion of workers had experienced a reduction in income and had received financial compensation. A majority were still on anti-asthmatic medication. Most of the notified cases seemed to become chronic despite medical treatment.
Descriptors (primary) Norway; economic aspects; asthma; state of health
Descriptors (secondary) bakery products industry; compensation of occupational diseases; aluminium industry; occupation disease relation; painting; welding and cutting; diagnosis; questionnaire survey; notification of occupational diseases; social aspects; frequency rates; change of employment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)