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Document ID (ISN)64865
CIS number 95-1353
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Susitaival P., Husman L., Horsmanheimo M., Notkola V., Husman K.
Title Prevalence of hand dermatoses among Finnish farmers
Bibliographic information June 1994, Vol.20, No.3, p.206-212. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract A questionnaire survey was carried out in a 5% sample of the Finnish farming population between the ages of 18 and 64 years (n=10,847, 91% response rate) to assess the prevalence and risk factors of hand dermatosis. The one-year prevalence of self-reported hand and forearm dermatoses was 16% among women and 7% among men. The highest one-year prevalence of hand eczema was found for women on farms with more than nine dairy cows (20%). Atopy, female sex, and, among the women, age under 35 years, were the most important risk factors for the occurrence of hand dermatosis. Work-related risk factors were handling disinfectants daily, handling silage preservatives, milking cows and machine servicing. The results may be useful for the prevention of hand dermatoses in farming since they direct attention to actual occupational hazards, and may also aid vocational guidance for the atopic population.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; multifactor aetiology; frequency rates; hand; agriculture; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) livestock rearing; occupation disease relation; hazard evaluation; individual susceptibility; cross-sectional study; women; age-linked differences; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Skin diseases