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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/01.jom.0000245920.87676.7b
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Characteristics of Patients With Work-Related Asthma Seen in the New York State Occupational Health Clinics

Fletcher, Alicia M. MPH; London, Matthew A. MS; Gelberg, Kitty H. PhD, MPH; Grey, Anthony J. PhD

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to characterize the work-related asthma population seen by the New York State Occupational Health Clinic Network (OHCN) to determine which industries, occupations, and causal agents are associated with work-related asthma in New York State (NYS).

Methods: The OHCN patient database was analyzed to identify those patients with a diagnosis of work-related asthma and medical charts were then abstracted for data on demographics, clinical history, disease severity, industry, occupation, and putative agent.

Results: The OHCN patients with work-related asthma were most commonly employed in the service and manufacturing industries. Common occupations included teachers, farm operators/managers, and construction trades. The most frequently reported putative agents associated with work-related asthma were dust, indoor air, mold, and solvents.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest the potential importance of prevention of workplace exposure in reducing adult asthma in NYS.

©2006The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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