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Accession Number PB2014-100121
Title Rates of Black Lung Disease in Relationship to Black Lung Treatment Centers. Policy Brief.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 7p
Personal Author C. Persily E. Fedorko J. Conley M. Hendryx
Abstract Recent evidence indicates that rates of coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), or black lung disease, after a long period of declining incidence, began to increase in the early 2000s. Safety standards, if adhered to faithfully, should be able to prevent most black lung disease from occurring. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides grant funding to support Black Lung Clinics for the purpose of finding and serving past and current coal miners. Services provided through this program include outreach, primary care, patient and family education and counseling, care coordination, and pulmonary rehabilitation. The current study addresses two research questions regarding Black Lung Clinics and black lung prevalence: (1) what are the comparative prevalence rates of black lung among active miners in areas closer to, and farther from, Black Lung Clinics, including overall rates and rates by disease severity stage, and (2) within Black Lung Clinic geographic service areas, which areas are showing relatively higher and lower black lung prevalence rates among active miners, overall and by disease severity stage.
Keywords Black lung disease
Black lung treatment
Coal miners
Coal mining
Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis(CWP)
Occupational diseases
Public health
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Respiratory diseases

Source Agency Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
48A - Mineral Industries
57Y - Toxicology
57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
Corporate Author West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. West Virginia Rural Health Research Center.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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