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Title: Prevalence of workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms in an urban working population of asthmatics.

Authors: Berger, Zackary; Rom, W N; Reibman, J; Kim, M; Zhang, S; Luo, L; Friedman-Jiménez, George

Published In J Occup Environ Med, (2006 Aug)

Abstract: We used an interviewer-administered questionnaire to investigate workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms (WEAS) among low-income, minority, working asthmatics admitted Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City from 2001 to 2002. We hypothesized that a high prevalence of WEAS would be found in this population among all jobs held and a subset of individual occupational classifications.Of 301 subjects, 51% reported WEAS in their current or most recent job; 71% reported WEAS in any job. Prevalences (95% confidence intervals) of WEAS in common job classifications were 61% (49-73%) in janitorial jobs, 50% (33-67%) in garment and textile manufacturing jobs, and 38% (23-55%) in construction jobs.WEAS is prevalent in this urban minority population.

PubMed ID: 16902376 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adult; Allergens/toxicity; Asthma/epidemiology*; Asthma/etiology; Female; Health Surveys; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; New York City/epidemiology; Occupations/classification; Prevalence; Risk Factors; Severity of Illness Index; Socioeconomic Factors; Surveys and Questionnaires; Urban Population; Workplace*

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