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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec;55(12):1463-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000006.

Asthma in health care workers: 2008 and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-back Survey.

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From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Ms White and Dr Mazurek), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WVa; and National Center for Environmental Health (Ms Moorman), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To estimate the prevalence of current asthma and the proportion of asthma that is work-related among health care and non-health care workers.

METHODS:

We used 2008 and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System High Risk/Health Care Worker Module and Asthma Call-Back Survey data collected in 35 states and the District of Columbia to estimate prevalence ratios (PRs).

RESULTS:

Significantly more health care workers/volunteers than non-health care workers/volunteers with current asthma had asthma attacks (PR = 1.23; 95% confidence interval = 1.03 to 1.46) and asthma symptoms within the past year (PR = 1.07; 95% confidence interval = 1.00 to 1.14). There was no significant difference in the proportion of health care and non-health care workers/volunteers diagnosed with current asthma or work-related asthma.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study are consistent with previous research showing that health care workers with asthma have higher proportions of asthma attacks than non-health care workers.

PMID:
24270301
PMCID:
PMC4524494
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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