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Title: Prevalence and risk factors of asthma among cleaners in the north east of England
Author: Al-Fajjam, Shaikhah Mohammed
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2013
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Introduction: A number of epidemiological studies have shown a significant association between asthma and work as cleaner but reporting schemes and workforce surveys have identified typical features of occupational asthma in only a small minority of cleaners. This discrepancy is due either due to under-reporting by clinician; misattribution of work-exacerbated asthma or other respiratory disease by the epidemiological studies, or the development of occupational asthma with atypical symptoms that make it identifiable epidemiologically but difficult to diagnose clinically. Hypothesis: The study hypothesis is that cleaners’ asthma is induced by chronic low-level irritant exposures that gradually induce airway hyper-responsiveness but do not cause work-related airway constriction/symptoms. It is thus identified by epidemiologists but is not easily identifiable clinically. Aim: The aim of this PhD is to identify the proportion of cleaners with feature of occupational asthma and to identify risk factors for cleaners’ asthma.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Government of Kuwait
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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