Prevalence of workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms in an urban working population of asthmatics

Zackary Berger, W. N. Rom, J. Reibman, M. Kim, S. Zhang, L. Luo, George Friedman-Jiménez

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OBJECTIVES: We used an interviewer-administered questionnaire to investigate workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms (WEAS) among low-income, minority, working asthmatics admitted Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City from 2001 to 2002. We hypothesized that a high prevalence of WEAS would be found in this population among all jobs held and a subset of individual occupational classifications. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Of 301 subjects, 51% reported WEAS in their current or most recent job; 71% reported WEAS in any job. Prevalences (95% confidence intervals) of WEAS in common job classifications were 61% (49-73%) in janitorial jobs, 50% (33-67%) in garment and textile manufacturing jobs, and 38% (23-55%) in construction jobs. CONCLUSION: WEAS is prevalent in this urban minority population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-839
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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