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Am J Public Health. 2002 Sep;92(9):1506-13.

The influence of chronic respiratory conditions on health status and work disability.

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Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA. eisner@itsa.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the impact of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on health status and work disability.

METHODS:

We used data from a population-based sample of 3805 California adults.

RESULTS:

Compared with adults with no chronic health conditions, adults with COPD or asthma had a greater risk of self-reported diminished general health (odds ratio [OR] = 10.95; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 6.31, 19.0 and OR = 3.92; 95% CI = 2.31, 6.65, respectively). Respondents with COPD or asthma also had worse mental health status, as indicated by a greater risk of depressive symptoms (OR = 10.05; 95% CI = 5.29, 19.08 and OR = 2.59; 95% CI = 1.33, 5.04). COPD was associated with reduced current employment (OR = 0.41; 95% CI = 0.24, 0.71).

CONCLUSIONS:

Asthma and COPD are associated with poor health status and greater work disability.

PMID:
12197984
PMCID:
PMC1447269
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.9.1506
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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