Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:05 pm Post subject: WTC Health Registry Third Survey
From Jul 27, 2011 to Jul 30, 2011 (included)
|The World Trade Center Health Registry has begun its 2011-12 survey of all 70,000 enrollees. Enrollees will receive a survey by mail or email (if the enrollee provided an email address). Please take about 20 minutes to complete the survey; your answers are important. This is an opportunity for enrollees to provide an update on their physical and mental health 10 years after 9/11. Data collection will end in March 2012.
Findings from the 2006-07 survey (5-6 years after 9/11) include:
Lower Manhattan residents and area workers with persistent respiratory symptoms were more likely to have abnormal lung function than those without these symptoms.
19% of enrollees reported new, probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an increase from 14% in 2003 and 2004.
Rates of PTSD were highest among low-income (32%) and Hispanic enrollees (31%), and passersby (23%) in Lower Manhattan (including commuters and tourists) on the day of the attacks.
10% of enrollees reported new asthma and rates of new asthma were highest among rescue and recovery workers who worked on the debris pile on 9/11.
The findings also suggest that people who found a heavy layer of dust when they returned to their homes or offices were at a higher risk for developing new asthma.
Findings from the 2003-04 survey (2-3 years after 9/11) include:
WTC workers who evacuated from higher floors, who evacuated late, and who worked for an employer that sustained fatalities were at higher risk for PTSD.
Female police had PTSD rates twice as high as those of male.
Pregnant women with PTSD were more likely than those without PTSD to deliver premature or underweight babies.
Young children caught in the dust cloud were twice as likely to have newly diagnosed asthma as children not caught in the dust cloud.
Enrollees who were caught in the dust cloud, who witnessed horrific events, or who sustained an injury as a result of the attacks were at highest risk for WTC-related health effects.
Rescue and recovery workers and volunteers who arrived early at the WTC site, who worked longer than 90 days, and who didnít wear respiratory protection were at higher risk for new asthma.