Comparison of potential adjustment variables representing primary intellectual level in epidemiological studies on neurotoxicity

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_7CF8196D5C5D
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Comparison of potential adjustment variables representing primary intellectual level in epidemiological studies on neurotoxicity
Périodique
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Auteur(s)
Rouch Isabelle, Chouanière Dominique, Wild Pascal, Fontana Jean-Marc, Boillat Marcel-André
ISSN
0271-3586
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2006
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
49
Numéro
8
Pages
642-646
Langue
anglais
Résumé
BACKGROUND: Primary intellectual abilities (PIA) are a confounder in epidemiological studies on neurotoxicity. A good measure of this confounder should be independent of age as PIA is an intrinsic ability. Furthermore, as PIA is related to health endpoints, any measure of PIA should reveal this association. This study is aimed at comparing vocabulary test, diploma and age at end of schooling properties as measures of PIA in a non-exposed population of workers. METHODS: The design was a cross-sectional study of 413 non-exposed workers (203 women and 210 men) selected from a health check-up center. The effect of age on the vocabulary score was assessed using an analysis of covariance adjusted for diploma. Relationships between neuropsychological performances and vocabulary score, diploma and end of schooling age were, respectively, assessed using multiple linear regressions adjusted for age and gender. RESULTS: Vocabulary score increased significantly with age, both for men and women. The increase was 0.14 word per year for women, and 0.18 word per year for men. The explained variance of the models evaluating the relationships between age at end of schooling, diploma, vocabulary test, and neuropsychological performances was quite similar for the three measures of PIA. CONCLUSIONS: Vocabulary score was found to be age-related, even after adjustment for diploma. No difference was found between these three variables in terms of their relationship to neuropsychological endpoints. Moreover, the literature shows that vocabulary test performances are influenced by exposure to neurotoxic agents. These results suggest that vocabulary score could be of interest for participants of similar ages and similar diplomas. Otherwise, the other two variables would be better PIA measures in neurotoxicology studies.
Mots-clé
Adult, Cognition, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Cross-Sectional Studies, Environmental Exposure, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Intelligence Tests, Male, Neurotoxicity Syndromes, Occupational Diseases, Occupational Health, Vocabulary
Pubmed
Web of science
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12/05/2009 12:07
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03/03/2018 18:38
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