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Lemière C, To T, de Olim C, Ribeiro M, Liss G, Lougheed MD, Hoy R, Forget A, Blais L, Zhu J, Tarlo SM, Outcome of work-related asthma exacerbations in Quebec and Ontario, Eur Respir J, 2015;45:266-268,10.1183/09031936.00096114
(Plain text: Lemiere C, To T, de Olim C, Ribeiro M, Liss G, Lougheed MD, Hoy R, Forget A, Blais L, Zhu J, Tarlo SM, Outcome of work-related asthma exacerbations in Quebec and Ontario, Eur Respir J)

Keywords: canada, occupational asthma, work-related asthma, prognosis, health-care utilisation

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Garry Liss, Toronto Garry Liss

Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Catherine Lemière

Susan Tarlo, Toronto Susan Tarlo

Ryan Hoy, Melbourne Ryan Hoy

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Abstract

In conclusion, the diagnosis and management of workers with work-related asthma was associated with a significant subsequent decrease in the health service utilisation related to asthma independently of the investigations performed in Ontario and Quebec. Occupational asthma patients in Quebec showed better outcomes at 1 year post-diagnosis, while work-exacerbated asthma patients in Ontario fared better at 2 years post-diagnosis. Both provinces showed similar change in health services used at 2 years
post-diagnosis in patients with occupational asthma patients and at 1 year post-diagnosis in work-exacerbated asthma patients. The pattern of change of acute health resource utilisation in subjects with occupational asthma was different in Quebec than in Ontario, with higher pre-diagnosis health resource utilisation and a greater fall in these post-diagnosis. This difference might relate to the type of investigation conducted for diagnosing occupational asthma or to other differences in the populations
between these provinces that might not have been accounted for in the statistical model.

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