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Document ID (ISN)109353
CIS number 09-327
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de Fátima Maçãira E., Algranti E., Coeli Mendonça E.M., Bussacos M. A.
Title Rhinitis and asthma symptoms in non-domestic cleaners from the São Paulo metropolitan area, Brazil
Bibliographic information July 2007, Vol.64, No.7, p.446-453. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of rhinitis and asthma symptoms among cleaners and to analyse associated risk factors. Questionnaires on respiratory symptoms were administered to 341 cleaners working in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, full occupational histories were obtained, and skin prick tests and spirometry were performed. The timing of their symptoms onset in relation to occupational history allowed estimating the proportion of work-related asthma and rhinitis. Risk factors were analyzed by logistic regression. Asthma and rhinitis were present in 11% and 35% of the cleaners, respectively. Risk factors of work-related asthma and rhinitis included years of employment and atopy. There was a higher risk of rhinitis among women. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) rhinitis; Brazil; risk factors; cleaning; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) length of service; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; frequency rates; sex-linked differences; individual susceptibility; length of exposure; statistical evaluation; spirometry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)