What is the optimal management option for occupational asthma
European Respiratory Review, 06/01/2012
Vandenplas O et al. – The conclusions from this systematic review are limited by the methodological weaknesses of most published studies. Critical analysis of available evidence indicates that: 1) persistent exposure to the causal agent is more likely to result in asthma worsening than complete avoidance; 2) there is insufficient evidence to determine whether pharmacological treatment can alter the course of asthma in subjects who remain exposed; 3) avoidance of exposure leads to recovery of asthma in less than one–third of affected workers; 4) reduction of exposure seems to be less beneficial than complete avoidance of exposure; and 5) personal respiratory equipment does not provide complete protection.