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Factors Contributing to the Self-Reported Prevalence of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in Public Facility Workers and the General Population of Korea.

Abstract Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), an acquired disorder with multiple recurrent symptoms, has been studied for its association with diverse environmental factors. The present study investigated the factors associated with the self-reported prevalence of MCS in public facility workers and the general population in Korea. The Quick Environmental Exposure Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) questionnaire was obtained from public facility workers (N=530) and the general population (N=500) to determine the prevalence of MCS and the degree of its risk. Information about demographic characteristics, subjective perceptions of sick building syndrome or sick house syndrome or allergy (SBS/SHS/Allergy), and certain home- or workplace-related events were also obtained. There was not a statistical difference between the public facility workers and the general population in the QEESI scores. The overall prevalence of MCS was 14.4% and there was no statistical difference between the two groups. Regarding the overall degree of risk of MCS, 21.8% of the study subjects were categorized as "very suggestive", and there was no significant difference between the two groups. Gender and the subjective perception of SBS/SHS/Allergy significantly affected the prevalence of MCS and the MCS risk criteria. Considering the absence of diagnostic criteria and/or treatment methods for MCS in Korea, these results can be utilized in establishing future strategies to manage MCS.
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Mayor MeshTerms

Self Report

Keywords

Korea

QEESI

multiple chemical sensitivity prevalence

public facility workers

Journal Title journal of uoeh
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PMID- 29249738
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DCOM- 20180606
LR  - 20180606
IS  - 0387-821X (Print)
IS  - 0387-821X (Linking)
VI  - 39
IP  - 4
DP  - 2017
TI  - Factors Contributing to the Self-Reported Prevalence of Multiple Chemical
      Sensitivity in Public Facility Workers and the General Population of Korea.
PG  - 249-258
LID - 10.7888/juoeh.39.249 [doi]
AB  - Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), an acquired disorder with multiple recurrent
      symptoms, has been studied for its association with diverse environmental
      factors. The present study investigated the factors associated with the
      self-reported prevalence of MCS in public facility workers and the general
      population in Korea. The Quick Environmental Exposure Sensitivity Inventory
      (QEESI) questionnaire was obtained from public facility workers (N=530) and the
      general population (N=500) to determine the prevalence of MCS and the degree of
      its risk. Information about demographic characteristics, subjective perceptions
      of sick building syndrome or sick house syndrome or allergy (SBS/SHS/Allergy),
      and certain home- or workplace-related events were also obtained. There was not a
      statistical difference between the public facility workers and the general
      population in the QEESI scores. The overall prevalence of MCS was 14.4% and there
      was no statistical difference between the two groups. Regarding the overall
      degree of risk of MCS, 21.8% of the study subjects were categorized as "very
      suggestive", and there was no significant difference between the two groups.
      Gender and the subjective perception of SBS/SHS/Allergy significantly affected
      the prevalence of MCS and the MCS risk criteria. Considering the absence of
      diagnostic criteria and/or treatment methods for MCS in Korea, these results can 
      be utilized in establishing future strategies to manage MCS.
FAU - Heo, Yong
AU  - Heo Y
AD  - Department of Occupational Health, Daegu Catholic University, Korea.
FAU - Kim, Sang-Hoon
AU  - Kim SH
AD  - Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Eulji Hospital, Korea.
FAU - Lee, Seok-Ki
AU  - Lee SK
AD  - Department of Applied Chemistry, Woosuk University, Korea.
FAU - Kim, Hyoung-Ah
AU  - Kim HA
AD  - Department of Preventive Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
PL  - Japan
TA  - J UOEH
JT  - Journal of UOEH
JID - 7909645
SB  - IM
MH  - Adult
MH  - Female
MH  - Humans
MH  - Hypersensitivity/epidemiology
MH  - Male
MH  - Middle Aged
MH  - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/*epidemiology
MH  - Prevalence
MH  - Public Facilities
MH  - Republic of Korea
MH  - *Self Report
MH  - Sick Building Syndrome/epidemiology
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Korea
OT  - QEESI
OT  - multiple chemical sensitivity prevalence
OT  - public facility workers
EDAT- 2017/12/19 06:00
MHDA- 2018/06/07 06:00
CRDT- 2017/12/19 06:00
PHST- 2017/12/19 06:00 [entrez]
PHST- 2017/12/19 06:00 [pubmed]
PHST- 2018/06/07 06:00 [medline]
AID - 10.7888/juoeh.39.249 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - J UOEH. 2017;39(4):249-258. doi: 10.7888/juoeh.39.249.