|Document ID (ISN)||66626|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0300-5771 - International Journal of Epidemiology
|Convention or series no.
||High mortality in the Thule cohort: An unhealthy worker effect
||Dec. 1994, Vol.23, No.6, p.1174-1178. 22 ref.
||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.
||non-occupational factors; mortality; radiation accidents; unhealthy worker effect; radiation disease
||circulatory disorders; Denmark; alcoholism; cohort study; lung cancer; cirrhosis; cancer; radiation cancer
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Denmark|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Alcohol and drug abuse