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J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Oct;59(10):930-934. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001084.

Linking Compensation and Health Surveillance Data Sets to Improve Knowledge of US Coal Miners' Health.

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Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Almberg, Dr Cohen); Respiratory Health Division, Surveillance Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia (Dr Almberg, Dr Cohen, Mr Blackley, Dr Laney, Dr Storey, Dr Halldin).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Increase knowledge of US coal miners' respiratory health by linking data from the black lung benefits program (BLBP) and the coal workers' health surveillance program (CWHSP).

METHODS:

BLBP claims data from 2000 through 2013 was linked to CWHSP data from 1970 through 2016.

RESULTS:

Overall, 273,644 miners participated in CWHSP, 37,548 in BLBP, and 22,903 in both programs. Median age of miners at their time of first/only participation in CWHSP was 28 and 32 years, respectively. BLBP claimants were older (median age 59). Thirty-nine percent of BLBP claimants had not participated in CWHSP. The relative contributions of states to participation differed between CWHSP and BLBP. For example, Kentucky miners accounted for 18% of CWHSP participants, but 36% of BLPB participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

Many BLBP claimants never appeared in CWHSP, indicating missed opportunities for secondary prevention.

PMID:
28742764
PMCID:
PMC5710793
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000001084
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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