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Document ID (ISN)108159
CIS number 08-597
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 438
Author(s) Fishwick D., Bradshaw L., Curran A., Davies J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Routes of referral for occupational asthma - A national study
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. x, 53p. Illus. 7 ref.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr438.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to document the routes of referral for cases of occupational asthma recruited from six hospitals in the United Kingdom. The study comprised both a retrospective and prospective element. The retrospective study involved collating information regarding cases of occupational asthma reported previously to Surveillance of Work Related and Occupational Respiratory Disease scheme (SWORD). In the prospective study, individuals presenting as new and possible cases of occupational asthma were recruited from each of the collaborating hospitals, and the diagnosis was assessed according to an agreed standard. In addition, the route of referral for these patients and detail of their cases was explored by administering a standard questionnaire to the patients. Findings are discussed and several recommendations are made for reducing the incidence of asthma caused by exposure to substances at the workplace.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; United Kingdom; hospitals; diagnosis; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; medical supervision; questionnaire survey; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)