Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
From the 2010 National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement:
Have you been told by a doctor or other health professional that your asthma [fill: was probably caused by your work/was probably made worse by your work/was ever made worse by any job you have ever had]?
Did YOU ever discuss with a doctor or other health professional whether your asthma [fill: was probably caused by your work/was probably made worse by your work/was ever made worse by any job you have ever had]?
[NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]
Although you did not work last week, did you have a job or business at any time in the PAST 12 MONTHS?
Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you had asthma?
Do you still have asthma?
Persons are classified as having discussed with a doctor or other health professional whether their asthma was work-related if they responded “yes” to either question listed under Numerator. The doctor may have discussed work-related asthma with the respondent but ruled it out, or the doctor may have told the respondent that their asthma was probably work-related. Both situations indicate that the topic was addressed.
Assessing whether a person's asthma might be work-related is only appropriate if the person is currently employed or was recently employed. Persons are classified as currently employed or employed at some time in the past 12 months if they reported having a job in the previous week or if they responded “yes” to the employment question listed under Numerator and Denominator.
To maintain consistency with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the case definition for asthma is based on ‘current’ asthma (yes to ‘ever asthma’ and yes to ‘still asthma’).
Updated clinical treatment guidelines for asthma were released in 2007. The NHLBI guidelines retain this recommendation: “The expert panel recommends that clinicians query patients who are employed and have asthma about possible occupational exposures, particularly those who have new-onset disease.”
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:
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