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Am J Ind Med. 2003 Apr;43(4):436-9.

Respiratory symptoms in kitchen workers.

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Department of Occupational Medicine, University Hospital of Trondheim, Norway. Kristin.svendsen@medisin.ntnu.no ,

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

A possible association between cooking fumes and respiratory diseases other than cancer has not been studied earlier.

METHODS:

All employees at 67 selected kitchens were asked to answer a personal questionnaire regarding the presence of dyspnea, serious dyspnea, cough, and respiratory symptoms in connection with work. The study group consisted of 139 women and 100 men.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of dyspnea (RR = 4.1 (2.7-6.3)), serious dyspnea (RR = 2.9 (1.5-5.7)), and symptoms in connection with work (RR = 4.3 (2.7-6.7)) were statistically significantly higher for the female kitchen workers compared to the controls. For the men only dyspnea (RR = 1.8 (1.4-2.3)) and symptoms in connection with work (RR = 2.1 (1.6-2.7)) showed an increased prevalence. An analysis of possible predictors for respiratory symptoms in connection with work gave an odds ratio of 3.2 (P = 0.000) for "working in a restaurant kitchen."

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the study indicate a relationship between working in kitchens and respiratory symptoms.

PMID:
12645099
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.10197
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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