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Perceptions and behaviors of primary care physicians regarding farmers occupational exposures and health.

Authors
Prince-TS; Westneat-S
Source
J Agromed 2001 Sep; 7(3):79-88
NIOSHTIC No.
20034615
Abstract
Background: Agricultural work remains one of the most hazardous occupations in terms of injury and illnesses. It is not well known, however, to what extent physicians who care for farmers are aware of these dsks, or if they perform additional medical surveillance or counseling specifically for their farming patients. Methods: At a series of recent rpedical conferences, 209 physicians completed questionnaires concerning farm health issues and personal medical practice behaviors. Results: Given a series of diseases known to be associated with farm­ing and asked to compare prevalence rates between their farming pa­tients and their other working patients, the respondents rated only skin diseases as being more prevalent among farmers. Risk perception in­creased with personal farm experience and number of farming patients seen. Conclusions: Some primary care physicians, particularly those with a limited knowledge of farming as an occupation, may underestimate the health risks associated with agricultural exposures.
Keywords
Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Families; Farmers; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Hazard-Confirmed; Hazardous-materials; Hazards; Skin-cancer; Skin-diseases; Skin-exposure; Skin-infections; Skin-irritants; Skin-lesions; Skin-protection; Skin-sensitivity; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Author Keywords: Agriculture; family physicians; epidemiology; medical education
Contact
T. S. Prince, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, 1141 Red Mile Road, Suite 102, Lexington, KY 40504-9842
Publication Date
20010901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
914815
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-408035
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
KY
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky, Department of Preventive Medicine, Lexington, KY
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