Occupational Exposures and COPD

The aim of this systematic review is to assess possible associations between occupational exposures to airborne agents and developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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Ongoing Projects

SBU assess relevant and well-conducted research and investigate what effect different interventions have, if there are any risks or ethical problems, and what is most cost-effective in the areas of health care, dentistry, social services, and within the areas of functional disability and work environment.

Planned to be published: Quarter 4, 2024 Registration no: SBU 2022/675


Since 2011, the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) has had a mandate from the Swedish government to systematically assess the evidence for associations between occupational exposures and health issues.



Project group


  • Lena Andersson, occupational hygienist, associate professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Örebro University Hospital and School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University
  • Jonas Brisman, MD, associate professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg
  • Anne Lindberg, professor, MD, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University and Section of Respiratory medicine and Allergy, Sunderby hospital, Luleå, Sweden
  • Pernilla Wiebert, occupational hygienist, PhD, Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Region Stockholm and Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

From SBU

  • Martin Norman, Project Manager
  • Johan Wallin, Assistant Project Manager
  • Charlotta Ryk, Project participant
  • Maja Kärrman Fredriksson, Information Specialist
  • Irini Åberg, Project Administrator
  • Jenny Odeberg, Head of Department
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