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Usefulness of the working conditions and health survey in central America in prevention. Author response to comments by Jensen
  1. Fernando G Benavides1,
  2. Catharina Wesseling2,
  3. George L Delclos3,
  4. Sarah Felknor4,
  5. Javier Pinilla5,
  6. Fernando Rodrigo6
  1. 1Center for Research in Occupational Health, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
  2. 2Program on Work, Environment and Health in Central America (SALTRA), Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environment, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, USA
  4. 4NIOSH, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  5. 5Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo, Madrid, Spain
  6. 6Ergalog, Valencia, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Professor Fernando G Benavides, Center for Research in Occupational Health, Pompeu Fabra University, Doctor Aiguader, 80 Barcelona 8003, Spain; fernando.benavides{at}upf.edu

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We appreciate Dr Jensen's comments1 on the Central American Survey on Working Conditions and Health (ECCTS)2 and his concern that our sampling methodology may have produced biased results. The ECCTS has broadly followed the methodological criteria of the European Working Condition Survey (EWCS).3 ,4

Of note is that, to estimate prevalence of exposures to different working conditions, the EWCS is applied every 5 years to a representative sample of only 1000 workers in the majority of European countries. …

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