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Authors
Imbus-HR
Source
NIOSH 1977 Jul:8-13
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00074742
Abstract
The physician's role in the workers' compensation system is discussed with regard to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and input into policy decisions. While prevention is considered to be the primary role, it is held that workers' compensation cases will continue to increase due to discovery of new occupational diseases and broader interpretation of definitions. The success of physicians should thus be based on measures other than workers' compensation cases. One of the physician's most significant roles is diagnosing the relationship of the patient's condition to workplace exposure in a careful and unbiased manner. The role of inputting into policy decisions is one of seeing that adequate scientific information is delivered. This role can be aided by considering the consequences of presuming exposure if the conditions exist or nonexposure unless proved, careful definition of the criteria for diagnosis, and use of specific diagnostic tests when available. (Contract No. 210-76-0118)
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-76-0118; Occupational-medicine; Doctors; Industrial-medicine; Preventive-medicine; Sociological-factors; Decision-making; Physicians; Etiology;
Publication Date
19770701
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 77-179
NIOSH Division
DTS;
Source Name
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1976, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
OH;
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