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Prof Naidoo on the ATS and ERS Task Force on the burden of Respiratory Health

2017/06/01 03:34:52 PM

This proposed Taskforce will be charged with estimating the population burden of occupationally-associated respiratory disease across a range of conditions.

 
 Prof Rajen Naidoo attends the ATS- ERS Task Force meeting in London


The contribution of occupational exposure to most respiratory conditions goes unrecognised. Few lung conditions are pathognomonic for work-related disease: pneumoconiosis is the exception rather than the rule. 

At the population-level, failure to accurately appreciate the occupational burden of disease undermines effective prevention and allocation of resources for research and training. 

This proposed Taskforce will be charged with estimating the population burden of occupationally-associated respiratory disease across a range of conditions. 

This will include airway diseases (asthma and COPD) that were the focus of a previous ATS Taskforce at the beginning of the last decade. The aim of the Taskforce is to provide a timely update that

work, but also to expand its scope to address a range of other lung conditions, many of which may have a substantive under-appreciated work-related component. 

The broader goal is to better inform public policy for population-based health for prevention, research, and training.

Sheena Muttoo

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