Identifying remediable causes of occupant symptoms in building-related illness is frequently difficult.
This is particularly true when the building-wide prevalence of symptoms is comparable to that reported in non problem buildings.
This analysis applied an epidemiological approach to an assessment ofa problem building, allowing investigators to visually identify an area of apparent increased symptom density.
A cluster analysis approach permitted biostatistical confirmation of the visual cluster.
Building-related symptom reporting was statistically significantly associated with a prior physician diagnosis of dust and/or mold allergy.
The likely etiology of building occupant symptoms was identified within the region implicated by the cluster analysis.
This approach may be useful to focus building evaluations on both the likely physical source and general characteristics of suspect etiologic agents.
Mots-clés Pascal : Bâtiment malsain syndrome, Analyse amas, Homme, Exposition professionnelle, Poussière, Moisissure, Médecine travail, Symptomatologie, Etiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sick building syndrome, Cluster analysis, Human, Occupational exposure, Dust, Mould, Occupational medicine, Symptomatology, Etiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0159289
Code Inist : 002B03L03. Création : 21/07/1998.