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Document ID (ISN)111552
CIS number 11-0193
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McHugh M.K., Symanski E., Pompeii L.A., Delclos G.L.
Title Prevalence of asthma by industry and occupation in the U.S. working population
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.53, p.463-475. 45 ref.
Abstract Workers are potentially exposed to asthmagens daily. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of asthma among working adults in the United States by industry and occupation. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2004), multiple logistic regression was used to investigate associations between industry and occupation and current asthma as defined by positive responses to "Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?" and "Do you still have asthma?" Workers in mining (17.0%), teaching (13.1%) and health-related industries (12.5%) had the highest prevalence of asthma. Compared to construction industry workers, the adjusted odds ratios for workers in mining and health-related activities were 5.2 and 2.3 respectively. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; occupation disease relation; asthma; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) statistical evaluation; mining industry; construction industry; health care personnel
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)