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Farmers' self-surveillance of pesticide poisoning: a 12-month pilot in northern Vietnam.
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PMID:  12358076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This pilot program was designed to: 1) determine whether farmers could use a simple self-reporting system to estimate the incidence of occupationally related, self-limited pesticide poisonings; 2) describe the frequencies and types of pesticide products used in spraying operations; and 3) assess whether self-reporting and feedback would influence spraying behaviors. For 12 months, 50 farmers in northern Vietnam recorded after every spraying session any adverse health effect and the pesticide used. Data were also gathered from 50 controls. Of the 1,798 recorded spray operations, 8% were asymptomatic, 61% associated with vague ill-defined effects, and 31% accompanied by a least one clear or symptom of poisoning. After six months, the self-reporting farmers' spraying frequency and use of highly hazardous products (Ia/Ib) had declined more significantly than in the controls, as had their moderate adverse health effects. This low-cost surveillance method influenced the behaviors of farmers given access to IPM farmer field schools. The study also demonstrated the value of farmers as informants.
Helen H Murphy; Nguyen Phung Hoan; Patricia Matteson; Alma Linda C Morales Abubakar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of occupational and environmental health     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1077-3525     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Publication Date:    2002 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-02     Completed Date:  2003-02-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505217     Medline TA:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Program for Community Integrated Pest Management, Asia.
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MeSH Terms
Agricultural Workers' Diseases / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  prevention & control*
Developing Countries
Middle Aged
Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*,  statistics & numerical data
Pest Control / methods*
Pesticides / poisoning*
Pilot Projects
Population Surveillance
Self Concept
Vietnam / epidemiology
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