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Medical surveillance in work-site safety and health programs.
Wesdock JC; Sokas RK
Am Fam Phys 2000 May; 61(9):2785-2790
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.
Surveillance programs; Workers; Occupational health programs; Health programs; Health services; Medical care; Medical screening; Health care; Worker health
James C. Wesdock, M.P.H., 13220 Drakewood Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-3887
Issue of Publication
American Family Physician
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division