In the modern hospital environment, many health care workers are exposed to hazardous substances.
Among these hazards are respiratory sensitizers, irritants, and infectious agents.
A previous cross-sectional study of Rhode Island respiratory therapists reported an excess risk of asthma after entry into that profession.
Before the results of that study were published, we conducted a confirmatory mailed questionnaire survey of 2,086 Massachusetts respiratory therapists and 2,030 physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.
Neither the survey questionnaire nor the accompanying cover letter revealed the focus of our investigation.
A history of physician-diagnosed asthma was reported by 16% of respiratory therapists and 8% of control subjects.
Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Médecine travail, Exposition professionnelle, Maladie professionnelle, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Homme, Fonction respiratoire, Asthme, Médecin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Respiratory disease, Occupational medicine, Occupational exposure, Occupational disease, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Human, Lung function, Asthma, Physician
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Code Inist : 002B11B. Création : 199406.