Ascertainment of occupational histories in the working population: The occupational history calendar approach

Cryer, P C, Lilley, R C, Firth, H M, Feyer, A M and Herbison, G P (2011) Ascertainment of occupational histories in the working population: The occupational history calendar approach. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 54 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 0271-3586

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Abstract

Background Self-reported occupational histories are an important means for collecting historical data in epidemiological studies. An occupational history calendar (OHC) has been developed for use alongside a national occupational hazard surveillance tool. This study presents the systematic development of the OHC and compares work histories collected via this calendar to those collected via a traditional questionnaire. Methods The paper describes the systematic development of an OHC for use in the general working population. A comparison of data quality and recall was undertaken in 51 participants where both tools were administered. Results TheOHCenhanced job recall compared with the traditional questionnaire. Good agreement in the data captured by both tools was observed, with the exception of hazard exposures. Conclusions A calendar approach is suitable for collecting occupational histories from the general working population. Despite enhancing job recall the OHC approach has some shortcomings outweighing this advantage in large-scale population surveillance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: epidemiology; exposure assessment; questionnaires; survey methods; recall
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Jessica Stockdale
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 22:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2537
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