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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820b0ab1
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Worksite Wellness Program for Respiratory Disease Prevention in Heavy-Construction Workers

Hnizdo, Eva PhD; Berry, Angela; Hakobyan, Artak PhD; Beeckman-Wagner, Lu-Ann PhD; Catlett, Larry MD

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Abstract

Objective: To describe a respiratory disease prevention program in a US heavy-construction company.

Methods: The program uses periodic spirometry and questionnaires and is integrated into a worksite wellness program involving individualized intervention. Spirometry Longitudinal Data Analysis (SPIROLA) technology is used to assist the physician with (i) manage-ment and evaluation of longitudinal spirometry and questionnaire data; (ii) designing, recoding, and implementing intervention; and (iii) evaluation of impact of the intervention. Preintervention data provide benchmark results.

Results: Preintervention results on 1224 workers with 5 or more years of follow-up showed that the mean rate of FEV1 decline was 47 mL/year. Age-stratified prevalence of moderate airflow obstruction was higher than that for the US population.

Conclusion: Preintervention results indicate the need for respiratory disease prevention in this construction workforce and provide a benchmark for future evaluation of the intervention.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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