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Document ID (ISN)76593
CIS number 01-777
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Reinisch F., Harrison R.J., Cussler S., Athanasoulis M., Balmes J., Blanc P., Cone J.
Title Physician reports of work-related asthma in California, 1993-1996
Bibliographic information Jan. 2001, Vol.39, No.1, p.72-83. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract Work-related asthma was studied in California over a 36-month period. Cases were identified from Doctor's First Reports (DFRs), a mandated physician reporting system. Structured follow-up telephone interviews of DFR asthma cases were conducted to collect work history, exposure, and medical information. Statewide employment data was used to calculate disease rates among industry groups. Based on 945 cases of work-related asthma, the average annual reporting rate for work-related asthma in California was 25/million workers. It is believed that the real rate is considerably higher after adjustment for underreporting. Janitors and cleaners (625/million) and firefighters (300/million) had the highest reporting rates of work-related asthma. Half of all work-related asthma cases were associated with agents not known to be allergens. A greater proportion of work-related asthma associated with irritant exposures was identified than has previously been reported.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; statistical evaluation; notification of occupational diseases; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) fire fighting; allergens; irritants; USA; frequency rates; anamnesis; health service records; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; California
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Domestic workers
Notification of accidents and diseases
Statistical methods
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)