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Occupational Asthma Surveillance Project.


PB2003102828

Publication Date 2001
Personal Author Vollmer, W. M.; Heumann, M.; O'Connor, E.; Breen, V. R.; Villnave, J.; Frazier, E. A.; Buist, A. S.
Page Count 32
Abstract The overall goal of the project was to evaluate the incidence of work-related asthma in a defined population during a 12-month period. The population the authors evaluated consisted of working age members of the Northwest Region of Kaiser Permanente (KPNW), a large health maintenance organization (HMO) centered around Portland, Oregon. In order to achieve this goal, the authors identified and accomplished the following specific objectives: develop and validate an algorithm for identifying individuals with prevalent asthma; develop and validate an algorithm for identifying individuals with new onset asthma; determine all 'incident' cases of asthma in the target population during a 12-month period; determine an appropriate denominator population corresponding to the incident cases for purposes of calculating various 'incidence' rates; calculate the incidence of occupational asthma in KPNW; conduct a detailed telephone interview of the incident cases; using established operational definitions developed in conjunction with NIOSH and the Boston group, determine which of these cases are occupationally related; and calculate the proportion of all incident asthma cases that appear to be associated with workplace exposures.
Keywords
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Asthma
  • Occupational diseases
  • Occupational exposure
  • Industrial medicine
  • Work environments
  • Populations
  • Methods
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Working conditions
  • Methodology
  • Statistical methods
  • Clinical medicine
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Portland, OR. Northwest Div.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.; Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland.
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland. Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 200312
Occupational Asthma Surveillance Project.
Occupational Asthma Surveillance Project.
PB2003102828

  • Occupational safety and health
  • Asthma
  • Occupational diseases
  • Occupational exposure
  • Industrial medicine
  • Work environments
  • Populations
  • Methods
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Working conditions
  • Methodology
  • Statistical methods
  • Clinical medicine
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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