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Document ID (ISN)106620
CIS number 07-577
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Henneberger P.K., Derk S.J., Sama S.R., Boylstein R.J., Hoffman C.D., Preusse P.A., Rosiello R.A., Milton D.K.
Title The frequency of workplace exacerbation among health maintenance organisation members with asthma
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.63, No.8, p.551-557. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract The objective of this investigation was to determine the prevalence of workplace exacerbation of asthma (WEA). Members of a health maintenance organization with asthma aged 18-44 were enrolled into the baseline survey of a longitudinal study. Diagnosis and treatment were confirmed by a review of medical records. A work related symptom score was assigned to each participant based on responses to questions about work-related asthma symptoms, medication use and symptom triggers. Blinded to participants' answers to these questions, two researchers independently reviewed the self-reported work histories and assigned exposure ratings. A final exposure score was then calculated. Participants with sufficient evidence for work related symptoms and exposure were classified as having WEA. Of the 598 participants with complete data, 557 were working, and 136 fulfilled the criteria for WEA. Those with WEA were more likely to be male and to report that they had been bothered by asthma symptoms during the past seven days.
Descriptors (primary) asthma; risk factors; aggravation
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; smoking; symptoms; sensitization; confounding factors; breathing atmosphere; frequency rates; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)