A cohort study of heart disease among BC firefighters and paramedics

Project number: 
05-003
Approval date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Principal Investigator: 
Davies,Hugh
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
WorkSafeBC
Datasets requested: 
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

Both firefighters and paramedics are exposed at work to chemical agents and physical stresses that may increase their risk of cardiovascular disease. We are proposing a retrospective cohort study of BC emergency workers to investigate the following research questions:

Firefighters
1. Do firefighters have an increased risk of hospitalization or death due to acute or chronic coronary disease or hypertension relative to the general population of BC?
2. Are sub-groups of firefighters with higher levels of exposure to combustion products, motor vehicle exhaust, or physical stress at an increased risk of heart disease?

Paramedics
1. Do paramedics have an increased risk of hospitalization or death due to acute or chronic coronary disease or hypertension relative to the general population of BC?
2. Are sub-groups of paramedics with higher levels of exposure to motor vehicle exhaust, physical stress, or post-traumatic stress at an increased risk of heart disease?

Publications: 

Academic thesis or dissertation

  • Shift work, stress and heart disease among paramedics - PhD Dissertation, published October 2012 University of British Columbia

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