Phillip R. Hunt

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In Massachusetts, as in the United States as a whole, the fatal occupational injury rate for Hispanic workers (3.3 per 100,000 workers per year) is higher than that for white workers (2.2 per 100,000 workers per year).1 Although some information about the risk of nonfatal occupational injuries among racial and ethnic groups is available nationally,2 data(More)
BACKGROUND Firefighters are known to be exposed to recognized or probable carcinogens. Previous studies have found elevated risks of several types of cancers in firefighters. METHODS Standardized morbidity odds ratio (SMORs) were used to evaluate the cancer risk in white, male firefighters compared to police and all other occupations in the Massachusetts(More)
Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, University College London, London, UK; Statisticon AB, Uppsala, Sweden; Retrospective Observational Studies, Evidera, Lexington, MA, USA; Department of Pharmacology, CIC Bordeaux CIC1401 INSERM, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,(More)
BACKGROUND HMO databases offer an opportunity for community based epidemiologic studies of asthma incidence, etiology and treatment. The incidence of asthma in HMO populations and the utility of HMO data, including use of computerized algorithms and manual review of medical charts for determining etiologic factors has not been fully explored. METHODS We(More)
Combat exposure is associated with subsequent mental health symptoms, but progression to mental health disability is unclear. Army soldiers discharged with mental health disability (n = 4,457) were compared to two matched control groups: other disability discharge (n = 8,974) and routine discharge (n = 9,128). In multivariate logistic models, odds of mental(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer registries can be used to monitor mesothelioma cases and to identify occupations and industries previously and newly associated with mesothelioma-causing asbestos exposure by using standard registry data on the "usual" occupation and industry of the case. METHODS We used the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's(More)
BACKGROUND Statewide datasets of emergency department (ED) visits may be useful for occupational injury surveillance. Using data from 12 hospitals, we evaluated two indicators of work-relatedness in reported ED data and the availability of employment information in medical charts. METHODS Workers' compensation as payer and/or "yes" in an injury-at-work(More)
OBJECTIVE To quantify clinical and cost long-term outcomes in cardiovascular stable post-myocardial-infarction patients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Subjects with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) who were 50-64 years old and MI- and stroke-free for ≥12 months (index date) were identified in a large US claims database. Individuals were followed for(More)
The accuracy of external cause of injury codes (E codes) for work-related and non-work-related injuries in Massachusetts emergency department data were evaluated. Medical records were reviewed and coded by a nosologist with expertise in E coding for a stratified random sample of 1000 probable work-related (PWR) and 250 probable non-work-related (PNWR)(More)