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Experts' assessment of probability and level of pesticide exposure in agricultural workers.
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PMID:  10998767     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The occupational history of the parents of 261 infants with congenital malformations and 261 matched controls was collected. During the relevant time period before the birth of their child, 183 parents were involved in agricultural activities, 49% of them having directly applied pesticides. Two experts assessed the probability and the level of exposure to each quoted pesticide (582 observations) by using 4-point scales. Interrater agreement was estimated. Kappa-weighted values for probability and level of exposure were, respectively, kappa = 0.36 and kappa = 0.39. In the analysis of some categories of exposure (non-applicators, herbicides) very low interrater agreement was observed. In epidemiological studies, detailed assessment of pesticide exposure (product-by-product) is needed to investigate the effects of pesticides on health. But the application of experts' judgment in this area needs more research in assessing the validity of this approach.
A M García; E Orts; V Esteban; J L Porcuna
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1076-2752     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-02     Completed Date:  2001-01-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  911-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Abnormalities, Drug-Induced / epidemiology*
Agricultural Workers' Diseases / chemically induced*,  epidemiology
Case-Control Studies
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Infant, Newborn
Pesticides / adverse effects*
Spain / epidemiology
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