Occupational Asthma Reference

Vandenplas O, Toren K, Blanc PD, Health and socioeconomic impact of work-related asthma, Eur Respir J, 2003;22:689-697,

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Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Olivier Vandenplas

Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Kjell Toren

Paul Blanc, University of California San Francisco Paul Blanc

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Abstract

There is accumulating evidence that the workplace environment contributes significantly to the general burden of asthma. The purpose of this review is to explore the respiratory health and socioeconomic consequences of work-related asthma by addressing a series of controversial issues: 1) what is the natural history of occupational asthma and in what ways does ongoing exposure to the causal agent impact clinical outcomes?; 2) how does the natural history of irritant-induced asthma differ in its health outcomes from immunologically-mediated occupational asthma?; 3) do working conditions have a significant impact on asthma regardless of the aetiology of the disease?; 4) what is the scope of work disability from work-related-asthma in social and economic terms?; 5) what is the clinician's role in reducing the respiratory health consequences of work-related asthma? 6) to what extent do existing compensation and other social insurance schemes successfully address occupational asthma and work-aggravated asthma?

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