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Health and employment after a diagnosis of occupational asthma: a descriptive study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9800419     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objectives of this study were to describe changes in asthma and employment after diagnoses of occupational asthma reported to the SWORD project. Questionnaires were sent to 312 physicians for all 1,940 cases of occupational asthma reported from 1989-92; 1,769 (91%) were returned but information was available for only 1,317 (68%). Of patients reported by occupational physicians, 45% had recovered from asthma compared to only 14% of those reported by chest physicians (excluding medicolegal cases), presumably because of differences in severity. Proportions with the same employer were 49% and 48% respectively. Patients exposed for a year or more after diagnosis recovered from asthma less frequently but were more often employed than those exposed for less than a year. Among those whose asthma was attributed to high molecular weight agents, smokers had developed asthma earlier after exposure began than others but had the best prognosis. Asthma developed following a single high exposure in 18 cases (2%), of which 13 were to irritants and five to known sensitizers.
D J Ross; J C McDonald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-12     Completed Date:  1998-11-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects
Asthma / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Employment / statistics & numerical data*
Follow-Up Studies
Great Britain / epidemiology
Health Status*
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Occupational Exposure / statistics & numerical data
Smoking / epidemiology
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants, Occupational

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