Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelPrimary
AuthorSaary
Study Year2002
CountryCanada
Molecular Weight of AgentHMW
Agent CategoryPlants
Specific AgentLatex
Occupation Dental school students and staff (Repeat of cross-sectional analysis reported by Tarlo, 1997)
Outcome/DiagnosisOccupational asthma
Activity Intervention Instituted change from high-protein powdered latex gloves to low-protein non powdered gloves (After 1995 study)
Participation RateParticipation rate for dental staff could not be determined. Participation rate for students in 2000 was 26%.
Intervention EffectivenessPrevalence of NRL-related asthma symptoms decreased from 7% (of 97 subjects) in 1995 to 4% (of 131 subjects) in 2000 (not significant). Positive skin prick tests to latex decreased from 10% to 3% (p=0.03). Limitation: Baseline and follow-up cross-sectional samples not entirebly comparable.
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