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Document ID (ISN)107676
CIS number 08-156
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Flyvholm M.A., Bach B., Rose M., Frydendall Jepsen K.
Title Self-reported hand eczema in a hospital population
Bibliographic information Aug. 2007, Vol.57, No.2, p.110-115. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to obtain data on the prevalence of hand eczema among hospital workers. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 1909 employees of a Danish hospital. The response rate was 65.3%. The overall frequency of self-reported hand eczema within the past 12 months was 23%. Divided into job groups, the frequencies varied from 8% to 32% and were significantly higher among assistant nurses (32%), nurses (30%) and nursing aids (27%). For the individual departments, the hand eczema frequencies varied from 7% to 50%, with the highest frequencies reported at medical and surgical wards. Hand eczema was more frequent among users of protective gloves, among workers washing their hands more than 20 times per day, among women and among younger age groups.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; skin diseases; risk factors; hospitals; health care personnel; hand
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; subjective assessment; case study; Denmark; frequency rates; questionnaire survey; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services