Asthma diagnosed in late adulthood is linked to work disability and poor employment status

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Taponen , S , Uitti , J , Karvala , K , Luukkonen , R & Lehtimaki , L 2019 , ' Asthma diagnosed in late adulthood is linked to work disability and poor employment status ' , Respiratory Medicine , vol. 147 , pp. 76-78 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2019.01.004

Title: Asthma diagnosed in late adulthood is linked to work disability and poor employment status
Author: Taponen, Saara; Uitti, Jukka; Karvala, Kirsi; Luukkonen, Ritva; Lehtimaki, Lauri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health
Date: 2019-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 3
Belongs to series: Respiratory Medicine
ISSN: 0954-6111
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311715
Abstract: Background: Age at asthma onset is associated with severity and outcomes of the disease. Objective: We studied if age at asthma diagnosis is related to employment and outcomes in working career. Patients and methods: A questionnaire was sent to 2613 adults with asthma in Tampere, Finland, and a follow-up questionnaire was sent after six years. Asthmatics were divided into groups based on their employment status: working full-time or work disability. Logistic regression was used to study the association of age at asthma diagnosis with employment status at baseline and with the risk of exiting full-time work during follow-up period. Results: In cross-sectional analysis, asthma diagnosed in late adulthood (50 + years) was associated with higher OR for having work-disability compared to childhood onset asthma (OR [95% CI] 3.60 [1.43-9.06]). During follow-up, asthma diagnosed in late adulthood was associated with higher OR for exiting full time work compared to childhood-onset asthma (OR 10.87 [3.25-36.40]). Conclusions: Asthma diagnosed in late adulthood is a higher risk for poor employment than asthma diagnosed earlier in life. Adult-onset of asthma is an important factor in view of work ability and early rehabilitation procedures.
Subject: ONSET ASTHMA
RISK-FACTORS
PREDICTORS
PREVALENCE
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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