|Document ID (ISN)||76593|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Reinisch F., Harrison R.J., Cussler S., Athanasoulis M., Balmes J., Blanc P., Cone J.
||Physician reports of work-related asthma in California, 1993-1996
||Jan. 2001, Vol.39, No.1, p.72-83. Illus. 28 ref.
||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.
||occupational diseases; statistical evaluation; notification of occupational diseases; asthma
||fire fighting; allergens; irritants; USA; frequency rates; anamnesis; health service records; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; California
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Notification of accidents and diseases
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)