Quality of Life Research

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 771–780

Health-related quality of life among adults with work-related asthma in the United States

  • Gretchen E. Knoeller
  • Jacek M. Mazurek
  • Jeanne E. Moorman

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-012-0206-7

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Knoeller, G.E., Mazurek, J.M. & Moorman, J.E. Qual Life Res (2013) 22: 771. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0206-7



The objective of this study was to examine health-related quality of life among adults with work-related asthma.


We analyzed 2006–2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-back Survey data for ever-employed adults with current asthma from 38 states and District of Columbia. Individuals with work-related asthma had been told by a doctor or other health professional that their asthma was related to any job they ever had. Health-related quality of life indicators included poor self-rated health, impaired physical health, impaired mental health, and activity limitation. We calculated prevalence ratios (PRs) adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, employment, and health insurance.


Of ever-employed adults with current asthma, an estimated 9.0 % had work-related asthma, 26.9 % had poor self-rated health, 20.6 % had impaired physical health, 18.2 % had impaired mental health, and 10.2 % had activity limitation. Individuals with work-related asthma were significantly more likely than those with non-work-related asthma to have poor self-rated health [PR, 1.45; 95 % confidence interval (CI), 1.31–1.60], impaired physical health (PR, 1.60; 95 % CI, 1.42–1.80), impaired mental health (PR, 1.55; 95 % CI, 1.34–1.80), and activity limitation (PR, 2.16; 95 % CI, 1.81–2.56).


Future research should examine opportunities to improve health-related quality of life among individuals with work-related asthma.


Occupational asthmaQuality of lifeOccupational healthBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemAsthma

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gretchen E. Knoeller
    • 1
  • Jacek M. Mazurek
    • 1
  • Jeanne E. Moorman
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)MorgantownUSA
  2. 2.National Center for Environmental HealthCDCAtlantaUSA