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Opportunities for a broader understanding of work and health: multiple uses of an occupational cohort database

Opportunities for a broader understanding of work and health: multiple uses of an occupational cohort database

Canadian Journal of Public Health 89(2): 132-136

Occupational cohort studies conducted to study cancer incidence and mortality require extensive data gathering about workers' job histories, exposures, and health outcomes. Although this process is expensive, the database created can be looked upon as a resource for broad investigations of the relationship between work and health. This paper presents the example of a retrospective cohort study which began in the traditional way, examining the link between a specific pesticide exposure and mortality and cancer incidence. The cohort register has since been used to investigate whether infertility, adverse reproductive outcomes, and childhood cancers might be associated with this exposure. It is also being used as the basis for studying other sawmill exposures including noise and wood dust as well as socioeconomic factors including job strain, job mobility, unemployment, and retraining. This approach allows both the efficient use of occupational cohorts as well as providing the opportunity for investigators to develop a more comprehensive perspective on the determinants of the health status of workers and their families.

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PMID: 9583257

DOI: 10.2307/41993900

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