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Lung Diseases among Carpenters.


PB97162390

Publication Date 1996
Personal Author Dement, J. M.; Lipscomb, H. J.
Page Count 110
Abstract Existing data sources, including health insurance claims and worker's compensation claims, were integrated to develop a more comprehensive data system for the study of respiratory disorders of possible occupational origin among members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. The study cohort included 10,938 active union carpenters who had worked at least 3 months of unionhours between 1989 and 1992 in Washington. Bronchitis accounted for over 50% of the lung disease cases among this cohort, occurring at a rate of 1.8 per 1,000 months of insurance eligibility, followed by asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, and chronic bronchitis. Carpenters associate with a local whose predominant task was residential carpentry had the highest crude rates of asthma. Rates of asthma increased with increasing age and women had the higher rates of asthma. Rates of asthma increased with increasing age and women had higher rates of asthma than did men. Bronchitis increased with increasing age most dramatically in the model treating bronchitis as acute disorder. The risk of asthma appeared greater in the first year of union membership and for women. The authors conclude that information gathered from health insurance claims and workers' compensation claims, can be used for epidemiologic research.
Keywords
  • Lung diseases
  • Carpenters
  • Respiratory system diseases
  • Pulmonary system disorders
  • Risk factors
  • Epidemiology
  • Woodworkers
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Age factors
  • Sex factors
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC. Dept. of Community and Family Medicine.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 199716
Lung Diseases among Carpenters.
Lung Diseases among Carpenters.
PB97162390

  • Lung diseases
  • Carpenters
  • Respiratory system diseases
  • Pulmonary system disorders
  • Risk factors
  • Epidemiology
  • Woodworkers
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Age factors
  • Sex factors
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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