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Document ID (ISN)110510
CIS number 10-0065
Year 2008
Convention or series no. HSE RR 608
Author(s) Rushton L., Mann V.
Title Estimating the prevalence and incidence of pesticide-related illness presented to General Practitioners in Great Britain
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. xiv, 80p. Illus. 18 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the nature and extent of pesticide-related illness presenting to and diagnosed by general practitioners (GPs) in the United Kingdom. A screening checklist was completed by GPs for patients over the age of 18. Patients were classified as eligible for a detailed interview if: exposure was specifically mentioned by patients; there were serious acute symptoms; the patient had newly occurring flu type, respiratory, gastrointestinal, skin, eye or acute neurological symptoms and the GP thought that symptoms were related to pesticide exposure. Checklists were completed for 59320 patients from 43 practices and 1335 interviews were carried out. The annual prevalence and incidence of illness reported to GPs because of concern about pesticide exposure were 0.07% and 0.04% respectively (42 and 24 patients). The annual prevalence and incidence of consultations where symptoms were diagnosed by GPs as likely to be related to pesticide exposure were 0.01% and 0.003% respectively, with estimates of prevalence and incidence of symptoms possibly related to pesticide-related symptoms being 2.7% and 1.64%. Limited information on actual chemicals and active ingredients of pesticides restricted the study's ability to establish a definite causal relationship between pesticide exposure and symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; occupational medicine; pesticides; diagnosis; symptoms; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) occupational hygiene; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; medical examinations; check lists; health care personnel; frequency rates; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals