Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding crab asthma in four communities of Newfoundland and Labrador

Jong, Michael and Neis, Barbara and Cartier, André and Horth-Susin, Lise and Howse, Dana (2004) Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding crab asthma in four communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 63 (Supp 2). pp. 332-342. ISSN 2242-3982

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Abstract

Objectives. This study was conducted to learn from snow crab plants workers and others involved in the industry their knowledge and beliefs of health issues and potential solutions. Study design. This is a survey in four communities with different crab plant designs in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Methods. At the start of a meeting to discuss crab asthma participants were requested to complete the questionnaire. Results. 65% of 196 participants believed there were health problems associated with crab plants. 85% have heard of crab asthma. Almost 80% identified correctly the major symptoms of crab asthma as difficulty breathing, chest tightness and cough. Only 74% of workers did not know that workers with crab asthma were eligible for workers’ compensation. 55% of those surveyed had heard of crab asthma from crab plant workers and only 26 % from their doctor or nurse. If they had breathing problems, 73 % would see their local doctor, and 51% a specialist and 51% their nurse. Conclusion. The majority of participants believed that there were health problems associated with crab plants. The majority of crab plant workers could identify symptoms of crab asthma correctly. Many do not know that those with crab asthma can obtain workers’ compensation. Most of them learn of crab asthma from other workers but would seek treatment from their doctor.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1924
Item ID: 1924
Keywords: crab plant, breathing, questionnaire
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2004
Date Type: Publication
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