Our aim was to establish whether the case-control design may be applied in surveillance for occupational asthma.
In a region with intensive manufacturing industries, we carried out one case-control study from 1974 to 1978 and another from 1989 to 1993 ; 325 and 387 pairs of cases of asthma and of age-and sex-matched control subjects, respectively, were selected.
Current risks were found to be higher than past estimates for painters, farmers, millers/bakers, textile, wood/furniture, and chemical workers.
High risks for asthma have recently appeared in leather, polyurethane plastics, hospital and food industry workers, welders, and shoemakers.
It is concluted that the case-control approach may be used to describe variations in asthma risk by occupational categories and time.
A method to measure the efficiency of the diagnostic process for occupational asthma is also proposed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Asthme, Etude cas témoin, Activité professionnelle, Profession, Italie, Europe, Facteur risque, Evaluation, Surveillance, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Bronchopneumopathie obstructive
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Asthma, Case control study, Professional activity, Profession, Italy, Europe, Risk factor, Evaluation, Surveillance, Respiratory disease, Obstructive pulmonary disease
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Cote : 97-0181173
Code Inist : 002B11B. Création : 21/05/1997.