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  1. High mortality in the Thule cohort : an unhealthy worker effect.

    Article - En anglais


    The objective was to study mortality in the Thule cohort in order to clarify whether it is a selected population and to ascertain the possibility of misinterpretation when national mortality rates are used as reference in the analysis of occupational mortality.


    The cohort consists of 4322 Danish men who were employed between 1963 and 1971 at the Thule air base in Greenland.

    One part of the cohort were employed during the clean-up period after the crash, in 1968, of a US bomber carrying nuclear weapons, the other part had been employed only outside the clean-up period.

    The cohort was followed up until 1992.


    Alter 30 years of follow-up, SMR was 1.38 for all causes (95% confidence interval [Cl] : 1.28-1.49), 1.25 for cancer (95% Cl : 1.07-1.45), 1.17 for circulatory diseases (95% Cl : 1.01-1.34), 1.58 for other natural causes (95% Cl : 1.35-1.84), and 1.46 for violent deaths (95% Cl : 1.22-1.74).

    Mots-clés Pascal : Mortalité, Homme, Accident, Avion, Armement nucléaire, Radiocontamination, Erreur estimation, Danemark, Groenland, Base aérienne, Europe, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mortality, Human, Accident, Airplane, Nuclear weapon, Radioactive contamination, Estimation error, Denmark, Greenland, Europe, North America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0087547

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.