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Document ID (ISN)66626
CIS number 96-604
ISSN - Serial title 0300-5771 - International Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Juel K.
Title High mortality in the Thule cohort: An unhealthy worker effect
Bibliographic information Dec. 1994, Vol.23, No.6, p.1174-1178. 22 ref.
Abstract The cohort consists of 4322 Danish men who were employed between 1963 and 1971 at the Thule air base in Greenland. One part of the cohort was employed during a period of radiation clean-up, the other part had been employed only outside the clean-up period. After 30 years of follow-up, standardized mortality ratio (SMR) was 1.38 for all causes (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.28-1.49), 1.25 for cancer (95% CI: 1.07-1.45), 1.17 for circulatory diseases (95% CI: 1.01-1.34), 1.58 for other natural causes (95% CI: 1.35-1.84), and 1.46 for violent deaths (95% CI: 1.22-1.74). Marked excess mortality measured by SMR was found from lung cancer 1.70, AIDS 3.55, alcoholism 4.04, cirrhosis of the liver 2.45, symptoms and ill-defined conditions 1.93, and suicide 1.63. The high mortality and the mortality pattern shows strong evidence for selection and suggests these workers constitute a group in poor health probably caused by their lifestyle.
Descriptors (primary) non-occupational factors; mortality; radiation accidents; unhealthy worker effect; radiation disease
Descriptors (secondary) circulatory disorders; Denmark; alcoholism; cohort study; lung cancer; cirrhosis; cancer; radiation cancer
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Alcohol and drug abuse