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Open Access Study protocol

Prospective study of asbestos-related diseases incidence cases in primary health care in an area of Barcelona province

Magdalena Rosell-Murphy1*, Rafael Abós-Herràndiz2, Josep Tarrés3, Xavier Martínez-Artés4, Isabel García-Allas5, Ilona Krier6, Gloria Cantarell7, Miguel Gallego8, Ramon Orriols9 and Constança Albertí10

Author Affiliations

1 IDIAP Jordi Gol. c/Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes 587 àtic. 08007 Barcelona, Spain

2 PCT Ripollet.c/Casanovas 4, Ripollet. 08291 Barcelona, Spain

3 PCT Canaletas. c/Passeig Horta s/n. Cerdanyola del Vallès. 08290 Barcelona, Spain

4 PCT Serraperera. c/Diagonal s/n. Cerdanyola del Vallès. 08290 Barcelona, Spain

5 PCT Barberà. Plaça Rosa dels Vents s/n. Barberà del Vallès. 08210 Barcelona, Spain

6 6. PCT Ripollet.c/Casanovas 4, Ripollet. 08291 Barcelona, Spain

7 Internal Medicine Department. Corporació Sanitaria Parc Taulí. c/Parc Tauli s/n. 08208 Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

8 Respiratory Medicine Department. Corporació Sanitaria Parc Taulí. c/Parc Tauli s/n. 08208 Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

9 Respiratory Medicine Department. University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Psg. Vall d'Hebron, 119-129. 08035 Barcelona. CIBER Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES). Barcelona, Spain

10 Catalan Institute of Medical Evaluations. Parc sanitari Pere Virgili, Avda Vallcarca 169-205. 08023 Barcelona, Spain

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BMC Public Health 2010, 10:203  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-203

Published: 22 April 2010

Abstract

Background

Asbestos related diseases include a number of conditions due to inhalation of asbestos fibres at work, at home or in the environment, such as pleural mesothelioma, asbestosis and calcified pleural plaques. Few epidemiological studies have established the incidence of asbestos related diseases in our area. The present proposal is based on a retrospective study externally funded in 2005 that is currently taking place in the same area and largely carried out by the same research team.

The aim of the study is to achieve a comprehensive and coordinated detection of all new cases of Asbestos Related Diseases presenting to primary care practitioners.

Methods/design

This is a multicentre, multidisciplinary and pluri-institutional prospective study.

Setting

12 municipalities in the Barcelona province within the catchment area of the health facilities that participate in the study.

Sample

This is a population based study, of all patients presenting with diseases caused by asbestos in the study area.

Measurements

A clinical and epidemiological questionnaire will be filled in by the trained researchers after interviewing the patients and examining their clinical reports.

Discussion

Data on the incidence of the different Asbestos Related Diseases in this area will be obtained and the most plausible exposure source and space-time-patient profile will be described. The study will also improve the standardization of patient management, the coordination between health care institutions and the development of preventive activities related with asbestos exposure and disease.