Advent of occupational health services research.
Deitchman S; Dembe AE; Himmelstein J
Am J Ind Med 2001 Sep; 40(3):291-294
After lagging behind health services research in general health care, research is now examining health services provided to workers suffering occupational injuries and illnesses. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Workers' Compensation Health Initiative, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), and the Canadian Institute for Work and Health co-sponsored a June, 1999, conference to explore research needs in this area. Fundamental tenets for advancing occupational health services research include: adopting the goal of improving occupational health care, including better integration of preventive and curative care; creating standardized interstate occupational health care data sets that include medical, economic, and patient perspectives; better defining quality in occupational care and developing appropriate performance measures; in addition to medical costs, assessing social, economic, medical and functional outcomes of care; considering the connections between work and health, including general health services; and addressing the need to train qualified occupational health services researchers.
Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-services; Health-services; Health-care; Injuries; Workers; Worker-health; Medical-care;
Author Keywords: occupational health services; health services research; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Scott Deitchman, 1600 Clifton Road NE D32, Atlanta, GA 30333
American Journal of Industrial Medicine