Studies have suggested that occupational disease and injury are under-recognized by clinicians. To estimate the frequency of occupational factors in disease and injury, 108 patients in a general (not occupational) health care facility were interviewed about the frequency and types of workplace-health interactions. Thirty-nine percent reported possible causation by work, and 66% reported a possible increase in symptoms by work, even if not caused by work. Twenty-seven percent reported changing jobs and/or tasks because of work-health interactions. The majority of men and women reported that worksite changes could improve their functional ability at work. This study therefore indicates that (1) occupational health concerns are common in primary care clinics, even if not addressed by clinicians; (2) the definition of occupational health concerns should be broadened to include disease caused by work, disease symptoms worsened by work, and the need for occupational accommodation even if the disease itself is not caused by work; and (3) inquiring about patient concerns about workplace-health interactions can provide clinicians with significant opportunities for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health