New onset of asthma and job status change among world trade center responders and workers

Hyun Kim, Sherry Baron, Navneet K. Baidewan, Adam Schwartz, Jacqueline Moline, Marlene Camacho-Rivera

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Background: Despite the high rates, the consequences of new onset asthma among the World Trade Center (WTC) responders in terms of the change in job status have not been studied. Methods: This study consists of a cohort of 8132 WTC responders out of the total 25 787 responders who held a full-time job at the baseline visit, and participated in at least one follow-up visit. Results: Overall, 34% of the study cohort changed their job status from full-time at a follow-up visit. Multivariable models showed that asthmatics were respectively 27% and 47% more likely to have any job status change and get retired, and twice as likely to become disabled as compared to non-asthmatics. Conclusions: With asthma incidence from WTC exposure, negative job status change should be considered as a potential long-term consequence of WTC exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1048
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • WTC responders
  • asthma
  • job status change
  • socioeconomic status
  • world trade center


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