Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelSecondary
Study Year2006
Molecular Weight of AgentHMW
Agent CategoryBiological enzymes
Specific AgentDetergent enzymes
Occupation Detergent industry workers
Outcome/DiagnosisOccupational asthma
Activity Intervention Removal from exposure (average: 37 months)
Participation Rate35 of 45 ex-employees (78 %) with occupational asthma
Intervention Effectiveness25 of 35 (71%) people reported chest symptoms in last month Compared with when working at the factory, most (86%) reported that their symptoms had improved 20 (57%) people still needed to see their general practitioner for symptoms and 19 (54%) continued to use medication. 33 (94%) subjects still had positive skin prick tests to one or more detergent enzymes Only 16 (46%) and 4 (11%) found full or part-time job, respectively. There was difficulty to find new job after leaving the factory.
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