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Work-related reactive airways dysfunction syndrome cases from surveillance in selected US states.
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PMID:  12708139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective was to elaborate the descriptive epidemiology of work-related cases of reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS). Cases of work-related asthma (WRA) were identified in four states in the United States during 1993-1995 as part of the Sentinel Event Notification Systems for Occupational Risks (SENSOR). Information gathered by follow-back interview was used to describe 123 work-related RADS cases and to compare them to 301 other WRA cases whose onset of disease was associated with a known asthma inducer. RADS represented 14% of all new-onset WRA cases identified by the state SENSOR surveillance systems. RADS cases had significant adverse medical and occupational outcomes identified by follow-back interview. In particular, 89% still had breathing problems, 78% had ever sought emergency care and 39% had ever been hospitalized for work-related breathing problems, 54% had applied for worker compensation benefits, and 41% had left the company where they experienced onset of asthma. These values equaled or exceeded the comparable figures for those WRA cases whose onset was attributed to a known inducer. Work-related RADS represents a minority of all WRA cases, but the adverse impact of this condition appears to equal that of other WRA cases.
Paul K Henneberger; Susan J Derk; Letitia Davis; Catharine Tumpowsky; Mary Jo Reilly; Kenneth D Rosenman; Donald P Schill; David Valiante; Jennifer Flattery; Robert Harrison; Florence Reinisch; Margaret S Filios; Brian Tift
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1076-2752     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-23     Completed Date:  2003-07-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  360-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road M/S H-2800, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / epidemiology*
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
Population Surveillance* / methods
United States / epidemiology

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