Occupational Health

Dec 1, 2001 Issue
Work-Related Asthma [Article]

Work-related asthma accounts for at least 10 percent of all cases of adult asthma. Work-related asthma includes work aggravation of preexisting asthma and new-onset asthma induced by occupational exposure. Occupational exposure to very high concentrations of an irritant substance can produce reactiv...

Nov 1, 2001 Issue
Disability Certifications in Adult Workers: A Practical Approach [Article]

Family physicians are frequently asked to complete disability certification forms for workers. The certification process can be contentious because of the number of stakeholders, the varying definitions of disability and the nature of the administrative systems. Insufficient training on disability d...

Nov 1, 2001 Issue
PHS Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposure to HBV, HCV and HIV: Implementation for Health Care Facilities [Practice Guidelines]

Updated guidelines from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) provide recommendations for the management of health care personnel who have occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids that might contain hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Feb 15, 2001 Issue
Disability Prevention Principles in the Primary Care Office [Article]

The simple request for a sick note can disguise important medical, psychologic or social issues. Disability may be influenced by social and cultural factors as well as by patient expectations. Assessment of impairment and subsequent disability is best made on the basis of objective data by use of a ...

Jan 1, 2001 Issue
A Patient Seeking Disability [Curbside Consultation]

The frustration of the physician who wrote this case scenario is real, and many physicians experience this frustration in their practices. Physicians receive forms from various disability-granting agencies requesting information regarding the initiation or perpetuation of disability claims.

May 1, 2000 Issue
Medical Surveillance in Work-Site Safety and Health Programs [Article]

Businesses frequently call on family physicians to provide employee health services at the work site or in the clinician's office. These services include medical screening (detection of dysfunction or disease before an employee would ordinarily seek medical care) and medical surveillance (analysis o...

Aug 01, 1999 Issue
Protecting the Health and Safety of Working Teenagers [Article]

More than one third of high school students work during the school year, and many more are employed during the summer months. Teenage workers face a variety of health and safety hazards. Occupational injury and illness are largely preventable, and family physicians can play a crucial role in this pr...

Feb 15, 1999 Issue
Evaluating Patients for Return to Work [Article]

The family physician is often instrumental in the process of returning a patient to the workplace after injury or illness. Initially, the physician must gain an understanding of the job's demands through detailed discussions with the patient, the patient's work supervisor or the occupational medicin...

Sep 15, 1998 Issue
Recognizing Occupational Disease-Taking an Effective Occupational History [Article]

Occupational exposures contribute to the morbidity and mortality of many diseases. However, occupational diseases continue to be underrecognized even though they are responsible for an estimated 860,000 illnesses and 60,300 deaths each year. Family physicians can play an important role in improving ...

Aug 01, 1998 Issue
DOT Examinations: Practical Aspects and Regulatory Review [Article]

Most certification examinations of commercial drivers are simple, and relatively few drivers are disqualified. If these examinations are not done properly, however, the public can be exposed to potentially unqualified drivers. Should an accident occur, the physician who examined the driver may be fo...

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