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Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: A Cross-Sectional Study.
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2015; 12(12):15459-69IJ

Abstract

Although adult asthma is attributable to occupational factors, few reports are available on asthma prevalence among health care workers in Japan. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of asthma and wheeze among Japanese nursing professionals. A cross-sectional study was conducted by postal survey using a translated version of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey questionnaire from April to June 2013. The analysis included 4634 nursing professionals (257 men and 4377 women) and the overall response rate was 84.8%. The prevalence of current asthma and wheeze were 10.7% (95% confidence interval (CI), 9.9%-11.7%) and 15.6% (95% CI, 14.5%-16.6%), respectively. More than one year of work experience as a nursing professional and more than one year of experience with bed-making tasks were associated with odds ratios (ORs) of 1.95 (95% CI, 1.12-3.39) and 1.64 (95% CI, 1.15-2.23) for wheeze, respectively. Current smoking was significantly associated with the presence of wheeze, with ORs of 2.27 for men (95% CI, 1.11-4.64) and 2.01 for women (95% CI, 1.54-2.64). Among female nurses, latex allergy was associated with wheeze (OR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.56-2.23), as was body mass index ≥30 (OR, 2.76; 95% CI, 1.65-4.62). This study has provided the prevalence of asthma and wheeze among Japanese nursing professionals. Employment period, bed-making tasks, latex allergy, obesity, and smoking may be risk factors for prevalent wheeze among nursing professionals.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. junkurajun@gmail.com.Department of Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. watanabm@grape.med.tottori-u.ac.jp.Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Faculty of Medicine, Kinki University, 377-2 Ohnohigashi, Osakasayama 589-0014, Japan. hsano@med.kindai.ac.jp.Tottori Nursing Association, 318-1 Gotsu, Tottori 680-0901, Japan. torai@tottori-kangokyokai.or.jp.Division of Nursing, Tottori University Hospital, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. y-hiro0903@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.Division of Nursing, Tottori University Hospital, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. funakoshi@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.Division of Nursing, Tottori University Hospital, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. atsuko-5@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.Department of Public Relations, Tottori University Hospital, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. kangosk@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.Department of Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishi-cho, Yonago 683-8504, Japan. eiji@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.The Board of Directors, Tottori University, 4-101 Koyamachou-Minami, Tottori 68-8550, Japan. hkitano@med.tottori-u.ac.jp.

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26690187

Citation

Kurai, Jun, et al. "Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence Among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: a Cross-Sectional Study." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 12, no. 12, 2015, pp. 15459-69.
Kurai J, Watanabe M, Sano H, et al. Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015;12(12):15459-69.
Kurai, J., Watanabe, M., Sano, H., Torai, S., Yanase, H., Funakoshi, T., ... Kitano, H. (2015). Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(12), pp. 15459-69. doi:10.3390/ijerph121214997.
Kurai J, et al. Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence Among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: a Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 4;12(12):15459-69. PubMed PMID: 26690187.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Asthma and Wheeze Prevalence among Nursing Professionals in Western Japan: A Cross-Sectional Study. AU - Kurai,Jun, AU - Watanabe,Masanari, AU - Sano,Hiroyuki, AU - Torai,Saeko, AU - Yanase,Hirokazu, AU - Funakoshi,Tomoaki, AU - Fukada,Atsuko, AU - Hayakawa,Sachiko, AU - Shimizu,Eiji, AU - Kitano,Hiroya, Y1 - 2015/12/04/ PY - 2015/10/21/received PY - 2015/11/21/revised PY - 2015/12/03/accepted PY - 2015/12/23/entrez PY - 2015/12/23/pubmed PY - 2016/7/7/medline KW - ECRHS KW - asthma KW - bed-making tasks KW - body mass index KW - employment period KW - latex allergy KW - nursing professionals KW - prevalence KW - smoking KW - wheeze SP - 15459 EP - 69 JF - International journal of environmental research and public health JO - Int J Environ Res Public Health VL - 12 IS - 12 N2 - Although adult asthma is attributable to occupational factors, few reports are available on asthma prevalence among health care workers in Japan. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of asthma and wheeze among Japanese nursing professionals. A cross-sectional study was conducted by postal survey using a translated version of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey questionnaire from April to June 2013. The analysis included 4634 nursing professionals (257 men and 4377 women) and the overall response rate was 84.8%. The prevalence of current asthma and wheeze were 10.7% (95% confidence interval (CI), 9.9%-11.7%) and 15.6% (95% CI, 14.5%-16.6%), respectively. More than one year of work experience as a nursing professional and more than one year of experience with bed-making tasks were associated with odds ratios (ORs) of 1.95 (95% CI, 1.12-3.39) and 1.64 (95% CI, 1.15-2.23) for wheeze, respectively. Current smoking was significantly associated with the presence of wheeze, with ORs of 2.27 for men (95% CI, 1.11-4.64) and 2.01 for women (95% CI, 1.54-2.64). Among female nurses, latex allergy was associated with wheeze (OR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.56-2.23), as was body mass index ≥30 (OR, 2.76; 95% CI, 1.65-4.62). This study has provided the prevalence of asthma and wheeze among Japanese nursing professionals. Employment period, bed-making tasks, latex allergy, obesity, and smoking may be risk factors for prevalent wheeze among nursing professionals. SN - 1660-4601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26690187/Asthma_and_Wheeze_Prevalence_among_Nursing_Professionals_in_Western_Japan:_A_Cross-Sectional_Study L2 - http://www.mdpi.com/resolver?pii=ijerph121214997 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -