Journal article

Work-relatedasthma: A position paper from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the National Asthma Council Australia

Ryan Hoy, Jonathan Burdon, Ling Chen, Susan Miles, Jennifer L Perret, Shivonne Prasad, Naghmeh Radhakrishna, Janet Rimmer, Malcolm R Sim, Deborah Yates, Graeme Zosky

Respirology | WILEY | Published : 2020


Work-related asthma (WRA) is one of the most common occupational respiratory conditions, and includes asthma specifically caused by occupational exposures (OA) and asthma that is worsened by conditions at work (WEA). WRA should be considered in all adults with asthma, but especially those with new-onset or difficult to control asthma. Improvement in asthma symptoms when away from work is suggestive of WRA. Clinical history alone is insufficient to diagnose WRA; therefore, objective investigations are required to confirm the presence of asthma and the association of asthma with work activities. Management of WRA requires pharmacotherapy similar to that of non-WRA, however, also needs to take ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the National Asthma Council and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for their assistance with planning and development of the position paper.