Disclosure Statement: The authors report no conflicts of interests.
Proportion of dermatitis attributed to work exposures in the working population, United States, 2011 behavioral risk factor surveillance system
Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 57, Issue 6, pages 653–659, June 2014
How to Cite
St. Louis, T., Ehrlich, E., Bunn, T., Kanotra, S., Fussman, C. and Rosenman, K. D. (2014), Proportion of dermatitis attributed to work exposures in the working population, United States, 2011 behavioral risk factor surveillance system. Am. J. Ind. Med., 57: 653–659. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22311
- Issue online: 6 MAY 2014
- Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 FEB 2014
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH). Grant Numbers: U60 OH008463, U60 OH008466, U60 OH008483
- dermatitis prevalence;
- public health;
The US employer-based surveillance system for work-related health conditions underestimates the prevalence of work-related dermatitis.
The authors sought to utilize information from workers to improve the accuracy of prevalence estimates for work-related dermatitis.
Three state health departments included questions in the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey designed to ascertain the prevalence of dermatitis in the working population, as well as healthcare experiences, personal perceptions of work-relatedness, and job changes associated with dermatitis.
The percentage of working respondents who reported receiving a clinician's opinion that their dermatitis was work-related was between 3.8% and 10.2%. When patients' perceptions were considered, the work-related dermatitis prevalence estimate increased to between 12.9% and 17.6%.
Including patients' perceptions of work-relatedness produced a larger prevalence estimate for work-related dermatitis than the previously published estimate of 5.6%, which included only those cases of dermatitis attributed to work by healthcare professionals. Am. J. Ind. Med. 57:653–659, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.