Effetti dell’amianto sulla salute. Documento dell’Associazione Italiana di Epiemiologia (AIE)

Translated title of the contribution: Effects of Asbestos on Human Health. Document of the Italian Epidemiological Association (AIE)

Associazione Italiana di Epidemiologia (AIE), Francesco Barone Adesi, Caterina Bruno, Roberto Calisti, Elisabetta Chellini, Pietro Comba, Dario Consonni, Lucia Fazzo, Ugo Fedeli, Francesco Forastiere, Corrado Magnani, Alessandro Marinaccio, Enzo Merler, Dario Mirabelli, Paolo Ricci, Benedetto Terracini

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OBJECTIVES: the Italian Epidemiological Association (AIE) intends to formulate assessments and recommendations on the most relevant and critical aspects in the preparation, conduct, and interpretation of epidemiological investigations on the health effects of exposure to asbestos and asbestos-like fibres. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: the document was prepared by a working group of AIE associates, with a broad curriculum of epidemiological investigations, starting from the evaluation of scientific evidence, and was subsequently evaluated by the AIE governing body. RESULTS: the topics covered included: • consumption and presence of asbestos; • association between asbestos exposure and disease; • epidemiological surveillance of asbestos related diseases in Italy; • risk function for asbestos related diseases; • increased risk and anticipation of the disease; • interaction between asbestos and other carcinogens; • diagnosis in epidemiological studies; • assessment of exposure to asbestos; • epidemiological evidence on asbestos related diseases. CONCLUSIONS: the document ends with a summary of the conclusions of scientific research shared by AIE, with reflection on the methodology to be followed for the application at individual level of the results of epidemiological studies, and the proposal of themes on which to direct research.

Translated title of the contributionEffects of Asbestos on Human Health. Document of the Italian Epidemiological Association (AIE)
Original languageItalian
JournalEpidemiologia e prevenzione
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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