An expert system for the evaluation of historical asbestos exposure as diagnostic criterion in asbestos-related diseases
Compensation schemes for asbestos-related diseases have developed different strategies for attributing a specific disease to occupational exposure to asbestos in the past. In the absence of quantitative exposure information that allows a valid estimate of an individual's historical exposure, general guidelines are required to retrospectively evaluate asbestos exposure. A risk matrix has been developed that contains qualitative information on the proportion of workers exposed and the level of exposure in particular industries over time. Based on this risk matrix, stepwise decision trees were formulated for decisions regarding the decisive role of historical asbestos exposure in case ascertainment of asbestosis and mesothelioma. Application of decision schemes will serve to speed up the process of verifying compensation claims and also contribute to a uniform decision-making process in legal procedures.
|Keywords||*Expert Systems, Asbestosis/*diagnosis, Decision Trees, Humans, Lung Neoplasms/*diagnosis/etiology, Mesothelioma/*diagnosis/etiology, Netherlands, Occupational Diseases/diagnosis, Occupational Exposure/*adverse effects, Retrospective Studies, Workers' Compensation|
Burdorf, A., & Swuste, P.. (1999). An expert system for the evaluation of historical asbestos exposure as diagnostic criterion in asbestos-related diseases. Annals of Occupational Hygiene: an international scientific journal on the causation and control of work-related ill-health. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/9050