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The medical and social prognosis of Sick Building Syndrome: a follow-up study focusing on female patients
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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2005 (English)In: Indoor air 2005: proceedings of the 10th international conference on indoor air quality and climate, vols 1-5 / [ed] Yang, X; Zhao, B; Zhao, R, Beijing: Tsinghua university press , 2005, 3706-3710 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
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A follow-up questionnaire focusing medical and social status, actions taken and personality traits was sent to 239 patients with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) registered at the University Hospital in Umea, Sweden. The response rate was 79 percent. As females constituted 92 percent of the respondents all statistical analyses were restricted to women. Almost half of the respondents had been exposed to environments with visible water damages. Fatigue, irritated eyes and facial erythema were the most common symptoms. Nearly half of the patients claimed that the symptoms were more or less unchanged after 7 years or more. Twenty-five percent of the patients were on the sick-list and twenty percent drew disability pension due to SBS-symptoms at follow-up. Symptoms were often aggravated in different situations in everyday life. No important deviations concerning personality factors were found. The results support that early and comprehensive measures for rehabilitation are essential for these patients.

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Beijing: Tsinghua university press , 2005. 3706-3710 p.
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sick building syndrome, follow-up, triggering factors, questionnaire
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120453ISI: 000233831206037OAI: diva2:928975
10th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2005), SEP 04-09, 2005, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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