New report on work-related asthma is available

“The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a new evidence report on the diagnosis and management of work-related asthma. The report found that more research is needed to guide clinicians because a definitive diagnostic test does not exist. Highly specific tests for particular asthma-causing agents, called specific inhalation challenges,”” are often cited as a “”gold standard”” for diagnosis. However, these tests are not widely available and have other limitations. The report “”Diagnosis and Management of Work-related Asthma””, was requested by the American College of Chest Physicians. AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta, Canada, conducted the systematic review. View the summary at <//www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/asthworksum.htm>. A print copy of the summary and the full report are available by sending an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov <mailto:ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov>”””

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