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109 Occupational exposure and the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease and mortality - A Swiss large-scale cohort study

A. Strassmann; M. Bopp; H. Dressel; A. Turk; M.A. Puhan
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1Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Zurich

2Zürcher Rehazentrum Wald, Wald, Switzerland


Copyright 2017, American College of Chest Physicians and Swiss Respiratory Society SGP. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(5_S):A4. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.04.005
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Introduction: An estimated 25-45% of cases with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is due to non-smoking causes. Occupational exposure to vapours, gases, dusts and fumes (VGDF) has been described as a relevant risk factor for COPD and mortality. Up to now, studies investigating the effects of occupational exposures on the lung and on mortality are limited by their designs, options to account for confounding (e.g., smoking) or were underpowered to detect effects on mortality. Thus, the contribution of occupational exposures on the risk of COPD and mortality is still very much debated.

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