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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 10/2010

01-12-2010

Quality of life in relation to upper and lower respiratory conditions among retired 9/11-exposed firefighters with pulmonary disability

Auteurs: Amy Berninger, Mayris P. Webber, Jessica Weakley, Jackson Gustave, Rachel Zeig-Owens, Roy Lee, Fairouz Al-Othman, Hillel W. Cohen, Kerry Kelly, David J. Prezant

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 10/2010

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Abstract

Purpose

To examine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and World Trade Center (WTC) cough syndrome conditions in male firefighters who retired due to a 9/11-related pulmonary disability.

Methods

From 3/1/2008 to 1/31/2009, we contacted 275 disability-retired firefighters and compared their HRQoL and current aerodigestive conditions to those from WTC-exposed non-disabled retired and active firefighters. Relationships between HRQoL and explanatory variable(s) were examined using multivariable linear regression models.

Results

Mean physical component summary (PCS) scores were lowest in disabled retirees compared with non-disabled retirees and actives: 36.4 (9.6), 49.4 (8.7), and 53.1 (5.1), respectively (P < 0.0001). Mean mental component summary (MCS) scores were closer: 44.5 (11.9), 48.1 (8.5), and 48.7 (7.4), respectively (P < 0.0001). In multivariable models, after adjustment for many factors, PCS scores were not associated with early WTC arrival, but were inversely associated with disability retirement and all WTC cough syndrome conditions. MCS scores were inversely associated with early WTC arrival and most WTC cough syndrome conditions, but were not associated with disability retirement.

Conclusion

WTC cough syndrome conditions predict lower HRQoL scores even 8 years after exposure, independent of retirement status. These data suggest that monitoring physical conditions of individuals with occupational exposures might help identify those at risk for impaired HRQoL.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Quality of life in relation to upper and lower respiratory conditions among retired 9/11-exposed firefighters with pulmonary disability
Auteurs
Amy Berninger
Mayris P. Webber
Jessica Weakley
Jackson Gustave
Rachel Zeig-Owens
Roy Lee
Fairouz Al-Othman
Hillel W. Cohen
Kerry Kelly
David J. Prezant
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer Netherlands
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 10/2010
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-010-9710-9