Assessment of potential biases in the application of msha respirable coal mine dust data to an epidemiologic study†

Noah S. Seixas, Thomas G. Robins, Carol H. Rice, Lawrence H. Moulton

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Systematic errors in exposure data will result in biased estimates of the exposure-response relationship derived from epidemiologic analyses. Thus, adjustment of exposure data to account for identified errors may provide for a more accurate assessment of effect. In preparing to apply respirable coal mine dust exposure data collected by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to a study of the pulmonary status of underground coal miners, an assessment of potential systematic errors was undertaken. Potential errors stemming from adjustment of controls during sampling, concentration-dependent sampling, truncation of sampling results, identified sampling equipment problems, and a disproportionate number of low concentration samples in mine operator-collected samples were identified and evaluated. Methods to account for these errors and adjust mean exposures by mine, occupation, and year are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-540
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 1990


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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