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Interdisciplinary Issues as Observed by a Manager.

Authors
Michaels-CA
Source
NIOSH 1987 Jul:161-164
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00173344
Abstract
Interdisciplinary issues of occupational health as seen from the viewpoint of management were discussed. The principle health care issues facing management, business, industry, and government are catastrophic costs, financing employee benefit packages, health and safety, disability, social legislation, privacy, and ethical matters. It is noted that enlightened management in the United States has accepted its responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment. Employers must develop integrated occupational health programs that combine concerns for controlling and preventing disease and injury and developing aggressive health maintenance programs. The author suggests that the success of these programs over the next 5 to 10 years could be critical for the survival of business organizations or government groups that underwrite the benefit packages. It is noted that management generally does not understand how occupational health care delivery systems function, but it realizes that the demand for health care must be reduced. To meet the goal of reduced demand for health care services, collaboration of health care professionals, labor leaders, business and industry management, government leaders, and educators is necessary. Suggestions for improving collaboration between occupational health nurses and management were provided. These include nurses serving as role models in preventive health, being knowledgeable about toxicology, developing an ability to use computerized systems, understanding the economic system, and developing interpersonal skills.
Keywords
Occupational-health-nursing; Medical-services; Occupational-health-programs; Health-protection; Employees; Workplace-studies; Health-care-personnel;
Publication Date
19870701
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Editors
Horvitz-IA;
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Source Name
Proceedings of the National Occupational Health Nursing Symposium: State of the Art and Directions for the Future, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1-3, 1983
State
OH;
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