Occupational Skin Disease

Occupational Skin Disease Among Migrant Farmworkers is a four-year project with three phases.

  1. In-depth interviews with farmworkers, which will be used to gain an understanding of farmworker interpretations of skin disease symptoms, etiology, self-care behaviors, and treatment seeking.
  2. A prospective surveillance study in which 250 farmworkers will complete a survey about skin symptoms and occupational exposures to risk factors every two weeks throughout the work season.  This phase will:
    • Estimate the prevalence of OSD across the work season
    • Determine risk factors for presence and severity of OSD symptoms
    • Evaluate skin-related quality of life 
  3. A clinic based study that will use interviews and teledermatology to determine the predictors of occupational skin disease severity and specific diagnoses among farmworkers who present at migrant health clinics.

Project staff is working in collaboration with Carolina Family Health Center, Inc. and Greene County Health Care, Inc. in eastern North Carolina to recruit participants for each phase of the project.

Project Team: Thomas A. Arcury, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD, Alan B. Fleischer, MD, Sara A. Quandt, PhD, Stephen R. Rapp, PhD, Mark R. Schulz, PhD, (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and Qurinia Vallejos, MPH. John S. Preisser, Jr., PhD, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a consultant.

Funding Agency:  This four-year project is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R01 ES012358).

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