In an announcement Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailed the occupations with the highest instances of asthma, and the information should hit close to home for those in the healthcare profession.
More so than in any other field, workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry reported being asthmatic, at a rate of 10.7%. When broken down by occupations within the field, healthcare support staff and community and social services workers led all occupations at 12.4% and 12.2%, respectively. A few rows below were healthcare practitioners and technical staff, bringing the industry average down with a still-noteworthy asthma rate of 9.2%.
Part of the sprawling, continuously-conducted Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the Asthma Call-back Survey (ACBS) compiled data from over 200,000 respondents in more than 20 states….