An examination of trends in occupational medicine practices and worker access to health care.
National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1991 Sep; :35
NIOSH national surveys of the workplace conducted in 1972 and 1981 indicate considerable change in both the manner in which occupational medicine services are delivered to the workforce and in the traditional role of the occupational health physician. Trend analysis indicates that, as a whole, the workforce in the manufacturing sector is being provided with increasing access to medical care as a consequence of employment. There is a parallel trend to provide these services off-site, primarily through contractual sources. There also appears to be a tendency to eliminate the traditional on-site occupational medicine physician in favor of contractual sources of care. Since the NIOSH data indicates that on-site provision of physician services in both small and large industrial facilities appears to be more comprehensive and to be provided more frequently, there is some concern about the ultimate effect on the health of the workforce.
Occupational-medicine; Health-care; Occupational-health; Workplace-studies; Medical-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Physicians; Worker-health
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
National Conference on State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Activities, September 3-6, 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio