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Medical surveillance in work-site safety and health programs.

Authors
Wesdock-JC; Sokas-RK
Source
Am Fam Phys 2000 May; 61(9):2785-2790
NIOSHTIC No.
20020856
Abstract
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 of health information to identify workplace problems that require targeted prevention). Such services can transform acute care and routine screening activities into opportunities for primary prevention when they are integrated into the broader framework of work-site safety and health programs. Components of these programs include management commitment, employee participation, hazard identification and control, employee training and program evaluation. For optimal program success, family physicians must communicate with frontline safety officers and have first-hand knowledge of the workplace and its hazards. Professional and technical resources are available to guide the family physician in the role of medical surveillance program coordinator.
Keywords
Surveillance-programs; Workers; Occupational-health-programs; Health-programs; Health-services; Medical-care; Medical-screening; Health-care; Worker-health
Contact
James C. Wesdock, M.P.H., 13220 Drakewood Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-3887
CODEN
AFPYAE
Publication Date
20000501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0002-838X
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
American Family Physician
State
DC
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