Perceptions and behaviors of primary care physicians regarding farmers occupational exposures and health.
J Agromed 2001 Sep; 7(3):79-88
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.
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
T. S. Prince, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, 1141 Red Mile Road, Suite 102, Lexington, KY 40504-9842
Journal of Agromedicine
University of Kentucky, Department of Preventive Medicine, Lexington, KY