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Revista Colombiana de Cancerología

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GIL, Milena; GAMBOA, Oscar  and  ORJUELA, María Erley. Occupational history documented in the medical records of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. rev.colomb.cancerol. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.3, pp.156-165. ISSN 0123-9015.

Objetive: The purpose of the research is to describe the type of information relating to the working lives of patients diagnosed with lung cancer, recorded in their medical histories and explore possible behaviours or events associated with the documentation of this information. Methods: Using a cross-sectional study, 367 medical records of patients diagnosed with lung cancer were analysed for the period 2007-2010 from the National Cancer Institute in Bogota (Colombia), in which information of registered job type was identified. Descriptive analyses of the data reported were performed, as well as a multiple correspondence analysis to explore possible associations between variables and the occupational information report. Results: Of the medical records analysed, 32% reported information related to occupational background. The main variable registered was the name of occupation or job, 29,7% of the total records analysed. Recording occupational information does not seem to provide relevant elements to the diagnosis of occupational lung cancer. Similarly, the demographic characteristics of patients and documentation of any information that may suggest exposure to carcinogens in the workplace does not appear to influence the depth of occupational history. Conclusion: Registration of occupational background in the medical records of patients with lung cancer of the INC is scarce and imprecise and does not provide any evidence that it provides a deeper understanding.

Keywords : Medical history taking; Lung cancer; Occupational exposure.

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