[Assessment of a self-administered questionnaire identifying occupational exposures among lung cancer patients]

Bull Cancer. 2017 Jun;104(6):559-564. doi: 10.1016/j.bulcan.2017.03.014. Epub 2017 May 3.
[Article in French]


Ten to 29% of lung cancers might be linked to occupational factors but 60% of them are not compensated. The PROPOUMON project aimed to improve the identification, recognition and compensation of occupational lung cancer as occupational disease using a self-administered questionnaire (AQREP). One objective was to assess the AQREP, comparing it with the questionnaire drawn up by the French Language Pneumology Society (Q-SPLF). From March 2014 to September 2015, 90 lung cancer patients treated at the Centre Léon-Bérard responded to the AQREP and Q-SPLF. The two physicians in charge of the consultation assessed independently whether or not a consultation was indicated. A certificate for the compensation process was proposed when a suspicion of high or average imputability was identified. Analysis of the questionnaires was concordant for 73% of the patients. The AQREP has a sensitivity of 72% and a specificity of 73%. Its positive and negative predictive values were 62 and 82%. The information provided by 24 patients were discordant between questionnaires. In two patients with discordant evaluation (AQREP+/Q-SPLF-; AQREP-/Q-SPLF+), one Initial Medical Certificate (IMC) was written. This study made it possible to conclude that AQREP is relevant for the identification of potentially occupational lung cancers. Collegial discussion of complex cases might be considered. The project is currently been extended to other centers and to lymphoma.

Keywords: Auto-questionnaire; Cancer bronchopulmonaire; Exposition professionnelle; Lung cancer; Maladie professionnelle; Occupational disease; Occupational exposure; Self-administered questionnaire.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / statistics & numerical data*
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Time Factors
  • Workers' Compensation*