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The international labour office classification: use and misuse.

Authors
  • Jacobsen, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publication Date
Dec 31, 1991
Volume
643
Pages
100–107
Identifiers
PMID: 1809122
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The main characteristics of the International Labour Office (ILO) International Classification of Radiographs of the Pneumoconioses (1980) are reviewed. Applications to epidemiological, research, and clinical problems are outlined. The need for multiple readings, reading protocols and appropriate administrative arrangements is emphasized. Possible improvements to the Classification are discussed. The basic descriptive features of the scheme are distinguished from supplementary interpretative facilities; it is suggested that misuse of the Classification occurs primarily when these two functions are confused.

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