207901 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associated with occupations in the U.S. workers

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:15 AM

Ki Moon Bang, PhD , Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of chronic respiratory disease in the United States. It was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States in 2004 and is projected to be the third leading cause of death by 2020. Cigarette smoking accounts for 80%85% of all COPD cases. Studies have reported association of COPD with various occupational exposures including dusts, gases, metals, vapor, and welding fumes. The objectives of this presentation are to provide recent or updated surveillance information on COPD prevalence by occupations based on the National Health Interview Survey; to present proportionate mortality ratios for COPD by occupation based on national death certificate records obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics; and to discuss the population attributable fraction of COPD associated with occupations.

Learning Objectives:
List the occupational origins of work-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disese. Discuss new research and surveillance methods for work related COPD.

Keywords: Occupational Disease, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am organizing a 90 minutes panel discussion session entitled "Occupational Respiratory Disease Research and Surveillance" for the upcoming APHA conference. I received a PhD in preventive medicine from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in 1981. I have over 20 years of research experience in occupational respiratory diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, silicosis, lung cancer) at the U.S. government (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and academic institutions (Howard University College of Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine). I also have over 10 years of teaching experience of epidemiology and occupational health at the academic institutions. I have published over 100 peer-reviewed journals or book chapters on various health topics including respiratory disease. And also I presented over 60 papers at the national or international conferences in the past. I served as the chief of Surveillance Section, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health from 1993 to 1999.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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