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Document ID (ISN)109171
CIS number 09-44
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Edvardsson B., Stenberg B., Bergdahl J., Eriksson N., LindÚn G., Widman L.
Title Medical and social prognoses of non-specific building-related symptoms (Sick Building Syndrome): A follow-up study of patients previously referred to hospital
Bibliographic information July 2008, Vol.81, No.7, p.805-812. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to describe and analyse the medical and social prognoses of patients suffering from the sick building syndrome. A questionnaire focusing on medical and social status, medical treatment, other actions taken and personality traits was sent to 239 patients with non-specific building-related symptoms assessed between1986 and 1998 at a Swedish University hospital. The response rate was 79%. Since women constituted 92% of the respondents, statistical analyses were restricted to women. Fatigue, irritation of the eyes and facial erythema were the most common symptoms reported at follow-up. The severity of symptoms decreased over time, although nearly half of the patients claimed that symptoms were more or less unchanged despite preventive actions taken. Twenty percent of the patients drew disability pension due to persistent symptoms at follow-up. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; women; sick building syndrome; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; subjective assessment; eye irritation; erythema; fatigue; severity rates; hospitals; statistical evaluation; medical treatment; social aspects; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway; Sweden
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome