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Black Lung Clinical Research Database

REDCap Construciton

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) established the Black Lung Center of Excellence (BLCE) in 2014, with grant funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The BLCE developed the Black Lung Clinical database for the storage and evaluation of clinical information on current and former miners treated at participating Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP) sites.

The Black Lung Clinical database utilizes the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) application at UIC. The purpose of the database is the collection and evaluation of medical data of miners at risk for occupational coal mine dust lung diseases due to workplace exposures including dust, noise, fumes, and chemicals. It also provides the analysis of occupational health measures to support the development of policies and promote effective practices for future funding of Black Lung programming.

REDCap currently has data on over 6,000 miners. The Center of Excellence is pleased to accept more clinics for participation.