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Occupation and the prevalence of respiratory health symptoms and conditions: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.

TitleOccupation and the prevalence of respiratory health symptoms and conditions: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMirabelli MC, London SJ, Charles LE, Pompeii LA
Secondary AuthorsWagenknecht LE
JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Volume54
Issue2
Pagination157-65
Date Published2012 Feb
ISSN1536-5948
KeywordsAirway Obstruction, Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Bronchitis, Chronic Disease, Cohort Studies, Cough, Female, Humans, Lung, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Occupations, Prevalence, Respiratory Sounds, Respiratory Tract Diseases, Risk, Spirometry, United States
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine associations between occupation and respiratory health in a large, population-based cohort of adults in the United States.

METHODS: Data from 15,273 participants, aged 45 to 64 years, in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study were used to examine associations of current or most recent job held with the prevalence of self-reported chronic cough, chronic bronchitis, wheezing, asthma, and measures of lung function collected by spirometry.

RESULTS: Eleven percent of participants reported wheezing and 9% were classified as having airway obstruction. Compared with individuals in managerial and administrative jobs, increased prevalences of respiratory outcomes were observed among participants in selected occupations, including construction and extractive trades (wheezing, prevalence ratio = 1.92, 95% confidence interval = 1.35, 2.73; airway obstruction, prevalence ratio = 1.31, 95% confidence interval = 1.05, 1.65).

CONCLUSIONS: Specific occupations are associated with adverse respiratory health.

DOI10.1097/JOM.0b013e31823e3a52
Alternate JournalJ Occup Environ Med
PubMed ID22157701
PubMed Central IDPMC3275692
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HHSN268201100009C / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HHSN268201100005C / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
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