Dust exposure and the impact on hospital readmission of farming and wood industry workers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

20.10.2020

by Anne Vested, PhD, Henrik A Kolstad, PhD, Ioannis Basinas, PhD, Alex Burdorf, PhD, Grethe Elholm, PhD, Dick Heederik, PhD, Gitte H Jacobsen, PhD, Hans Kromhout, PhD, Øyvind Omland, PhD, Inger Schaumburg, PhD, Torben Sigsgaard, PhD, Jesper M Vestergaard, Master of IT, Software Development, Inge M Wouters, PhD, Vivi Schlünssen, PhD.

It is still not well established how occupational air pollutants affect the prognosis of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study uses nationwide Danish registers and quantitative dust industry exposure matrices (IEM) for the farming and wood industries to estimate whether previous year dust exposure level impacts hospital readmissions for workers diagnosed with asthma or COPD.

A new paper published and co-authored by Dr Ioannis Basinas 'Dust exposure and the impact on hospital readmission of farming and wood industry workers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)', indicates that exposure to wood or farm dust in the previous year increases the risk of hospital readmission for individuals with asthma but not for those with COPD.

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