Respiratory survey findings as predictors of disability from respiratory diseases

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1981 Oct;124(4):367-71. doi: 10.1164/arrd.1981.124.4.367.


Male employees of 2 East Coast telephone companies who participated in standardized respiratory surveys from 1961 to 1969 were followed to ascertain days of disability resulting from respiratory illnesses that lasted for more than a week. Subjects for this study were 1,386 white males between the ages of 40 and 65 yr who had had no disabling chest illnesses in the 3-yr period prior to examination. Several survey findings were predictive of subsequent days lost from work. Listed in order of importance, these were diminished forced expiratory volume, a history of ever having had asthma, marked shortness of breath, chronic cough and phlegm, and chronic wheeze. A history of ever having had hay fever was associated with a diminished risk of lost time because of respiratory illness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Adult
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Cough
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Dyspnea / epidemiology
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupations
  • Respiratory Sounds
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / epidemiology
  • Risk
  • Smoking
  • United States