Table 4 Unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression analysis of BHR-related symptoms
JEM-based exposuresUnadjusted analysisAdjusted analysis*
OR (95% CI)OR (95% CI)
Cleaning related
    Patient care cleaning and0.62 (0.28 to 1.40)0.69 (0.26 to 1.83)
    disinfection
    Instrument cleaning and1.31 (1.00 to 1.70)1.27 (0.94 to 1.73)
    disinfection
    Building surfaces cleaning and1.94 (1.46 to 2.58)1.57 (1.11 to 2.21)
    disinfection
Latex use
    Use of powdered latex gloves0.96 (0.73 to 1.26)1.18 (0.86 to 1.64)
    before 1992
    Use of powdered latex gloves1.20 (0.92 to 1.56)1.24 (0.91 to 1.69)
    1992–2000
    Use of powdered latex gloves0.94 (0.53 to 1.64)1.01 (0.52 to 1.95)
    after 2000
Exposure to aerosolised medication1.31 (1.01 to 1.71)1.25 (0.92 to 1.70)
Adhesives/solvents
    Patient care1.78 (1.34 to 2.37)1.51 (1.08 to 2.12)
    On surfaces1.96 (1.39 to 2.77)1.37 (0.91 to 2.06)
  • *Adjusted for potential confounding effects of age, sex, ethnicity, atopy, smoking, body mass index and seniority.

  • JEM, job-exposure matrix.