Study: Report on work-related asthma

“In November 2005, 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. To download the full report click on //www.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/evidence/pdf/asthmawork/asthwork.pdf.”””

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