207727 Web-based surveillance for asthma and work-related respiratory symptoms in the Educational Services Sector

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:45 AM

Eileen Storey, MD, MPH , Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV
The National Academy of Sciences, in a recent review of the work of the NIOSH Respiratory Disease Research Program, called upon NIOSH to augment its surveillance of U.S. workers for occupational respiratory disease. One approach under development at NIOSH is the use of Web-based surveys to reach specific occupational groups. The author will describe work to date in developing this surveillance method in conjunction with the National Education Association Health Information Network and the American Federation of Teachers to assess the prevalence of asthma and work-related respiratory symptoms among Education Employees.

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain understanding and knowledge for work-related respiratory disease research and surveillance. 2. Be able to apply knowledge and use new or updated information to the development of future work-related respiratory disease research programs.

Keywords: Surveillance, Asthma

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Acting Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies at NIOSH, responsible for surveillance activities related to occupatioanl respiratory disease; I was previously at the University of Connecticut School of Medicien where I provided consutlation to the state Department of Public Health in the development and running of an occupational disease surveillance program and I conducted research into occupatioanl and environmental lung disease.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.