Occupational lung disease

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p55
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to occupational asthma. Medical history and results of all relevant clinical investigations from 19 real cases of possible occupational asthma drawn from a larger national study were presented to 12 physicians. They were asked to score the probability of occupational asthma in each case between 0-100%. These results illustrate improved agreement although the level of agreement between certain physicians remains poor, with only seven physicians significantly agreeing with five or more colleagues. These data again highlight the urgent need for standards of care for the diagnosis and management of occupational asthma.


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