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Document ID (ISN)106943
CIS number 07-798
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Johnson A., Toelle B.G., Yates D., Belousova E., Ng K., Corbett S., Marks G.
Title Occupational asthma in New South Wales (NSW): A population-based study
Bibliographic information June 2006, Vol.56, No.4, p.258-262. 19 ref.
Abstract The aim of this cross sectional, population-based study was to examine the contribution of workplace exposures to the development of asthma in adults in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW). Data were collected by means of a questionnaire returned by 5331 randomly-selected subjects aged between 18 and 49 years (response rate 37%). Among 910 subjects with asthma, 383 subjects reported adult-onset disease. After adjusting for sex, age and smoking, working in any high-risk job or exposure at the time of asthma onset was significantly associated with adult-onset asthma (odds ratio 1.51). The population-attributable risk of adult-onset asthma for either a high-risk job or an exposure was 9.5%. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) New South Wales; exposure; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; upper respiratory diseases; frequency rates; cross-sectional study; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)