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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(11), 14084-14093; doi:10.3390/ijerph121114084

Health-Related Quality of Life of Former Lead Workers in Brazil

Post-Graduate Program in Health, Environment, and Work, School of Medicine, Federal University of Bahia, Largo do Terreiro de Jesus, s/n. Centro Histórico, Salvador, Bahia 40026-010, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Howard W. Mielke
Received: 13 September 2015 / Revised: 24 October 2015 / Accepted: 28 October 2015 / Published: 3 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lead: Risk Assessment and Health Effects)
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Abstract

Little is known about the health-related quality of life of former lead workers. Using the Short-Form 36 Questionnaire (SF-36), a cross-section design study evaluated the health-related quality of life of 186 former workers of a lead smelter that operated in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Brazil, from 1960 to 1993, when it closed down. The smelter had very poor occupational and environmental hygiene standards. The health-related quality of life of former lead workers was low, compared to population-based and other nosological groups from Brazil. Former lead workers who indicated metal poisoning, difficulty getting another job and who could not get another job after dismissal by the smelter presented poorer health-related quality of life. Former lead workers with poor health-related quality of life form part of the huge occupational liability left by the Santo Amaro lead smelter. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality of life; retirement; occupational health; metallurgy; lead poisoning quality of life; retirement; occupational health; metallurgy; lead poisoning
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Teixeira, M.C.P.; Carvalho, F.M.; Lins, L. Health-Related Quality of Life of Former Lead Workers in Brazil. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 14084-14093.

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