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Prevalence Rate of Silicosis: A Rising Public Health Crisis

Kowalewski, Katie (2022) Prevalence Rate of Silicosis: A Rising Public Health Crisis. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This research aims to look into the prevalence of silicosis in industry workers in North America. Looking specifically at construction workers and those others exposed to high levels of silica dust daily. Occupational respiratory diseases are the primary cause of occupation-associated illnesses in the United States, based on the frequency, severity, and preventability of the different types of diseases. Unfortunately, these preventable diseases, that cause irreversible lung injury in many high-income countries across the world, remain under-recognized and under-researched. I wanted to look at the most prevalent issues within the working industry listed above, with various respiratory diseases. Occupational respiratory diseases account for up to 30% of all work-related diseases, and respiratory complications cause 10 – 20% of deaths. Breathing in vapors, gas, dust, and fumes at work may put workers at risk of developing a work-related lung issue. Sadly, this is a preventable issue that, by time of diagnosis, essentially has no cure. Various datasets have been examined to determine the chilling rate of silicosis diagnosis' in industrial workers and some suggestions made to better address this continuing problem.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kowalewski, Katiekak391@pitt.eduKAK3910000-0002-2832-0060
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis advisorPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.edujimmypUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWendell, Stacygstacy@pitt.edugstacyUNSPECIFIED
Date: 1 July 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 24 June 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 38
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: n/a
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 20:41
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 20:41


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