This project aimed to investigate the association between occupational exposure assessed by an asthma-specific Job Exposure Matrix (OAsJEM) and lifetime asthma using the third European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS phase III) dataset.
ECRHS is one of the largest international studies of asthma and allergic diseases in adults. ECRHS I recruited 140,000 young adults aged between 20 and 44 years selected at random from available population-based registers in 1991-93. Fifty-six centres from 25 countries across Europe and other parts of the world including Australia participated. The cohort of young adults were comprehensively assessed for the presence of asthma, allergic disease, sensitisation to common allergens and lung function. We established the only Australian centre in the ECRHS and have been part of the baseline (ECRHS I) as well as the follow-up study (ECRHS II).