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Occupation held at the time of asthma symptom development
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 10, pages 1165–1173, October 2013
How to Cite
Knoeller, G. E., Mazurek, J. M. and Storey, E. (2013), Occupation held at the time of asthma symptom development. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 1165–1173. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22203
†This article is an US Government work and, as such, in the public domain in the United States of America.
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 APR 2013
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement
- National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)
- occupational group;
- healthy worker effect
Examining occupations other than those held when asthma symptoms first developed may not correctly identify occupations with higher risk of asthma onset.
To determine the occupation held when individuals first developed asthma symptoms, we examined 2010 National Health Interview Survey data for working adults with current asthma.
Overall 37.1% of working adults with current asthma developed asthma while employed. Of these, the highest proportions of individuals identified office and administrative support (13.3%), sales and related (9.4%), and management (8.5%) as the occupation held when asthma first developed; 37.8% had a different current occupation than at asthma onset, and estimates of a change in occupation were highest for those who developed asthma while working in business and financial operations (49.3%), sales and related (48.6%), and healthcare support (43.8%) occupations.
Future population-based studies should further examine associations between asthma and occupation held at time of asthma onset. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:1165–1173, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.†