Rationale for Including Work Information in EHRs

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Why It’s Important?

On average, American workers spend close to half their waking hours at work. This can have a significant impact on health, which affects the worker’s ability to work. However, information about work is not routinely included in medical records. Having information on a patient’s work history (current and past) readily available in EHRs will help healthcare providers access useful information and tools to identify, diagnose, and treat work-related conditions and manage non-work-related conditions.

Page last reviewed: March 3, 2020