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Document ID (ISN)111254
CIS number 10-0795
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pinheiro G.A., Antao V.C., Wood J.M., Wassell J.T.
Title Occupational risks for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis mortality in the United States
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2008, Vol. 14, No.2, p.117-123. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to identify risk factors for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It involved analyzing mortality data for "other interstitial pulmonary diseases with fibrosis," deriving age-adjusted mortality rates for 1999-2003, and assessing occupational risks for 1999, by calculating proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) and mortality odds ratios (MORs) using a matched case-control approach. A total of 84,010 IPF deaths were identified, with an age-adjusted mortality rate of 75.7 deaths/million. Mortality rates were highest among males, whites, and those aged 85 and older. Three industry categories with potential occupational exposures recognized as risk factors for IPF were identified: "Wood buildings and mobile homes" (PMR 4.5, MOR 5.3), "Metal mining" (PMR 2.4, MOR 2.2) and "Fabricated structural metal products" (PMR 1.9, MOR 1.7). Workers in these industry categories may benefit from toxicological studies and improved surveillance for this disease.
Descriptors (primary) USA; mortality; occupation disease relation; pulmonary fibrosis; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) case-control study; statistical evaluation; metal mining; woodworking industry; metalworking industry; construction industry; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)