Occupational medicine practice: activities and skills of a national sample.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE:To characterize activities and skills of occupational physicians using work diaries. METHODS:A total of 260 occupational physicians from a national sample provided task/skill descriptions at approximately 25 specific times. The average percentage of activity samples using a skill and the interquartile range expressed results. RESULTS:Clinical activities, particularly musculoskeletal, were most frequent, followed by industry and health system management. Traditional public health approaches were infrequent. Injured patients, employers, and healthy workers were the most common beneficiaries. Communication about prevention and work restrictions was frequent. Interphysician variability was high for most measures. CONCLUSIONS:Results demonstrated a dichotomy-many frequent activities/skills are associated with other specialties as well (eg, treating injury); others, albeit less frequently used, demarcate the uniqueness of occupational medicine (eg, preventive examinations, toxicology, benefiting employers or worker groups, assessing work ability, payment by employers).

journal_name

J Occup Environ Med

authors

Harber P,Rose S,Bontemps J,Saechao K,Liu Y,Elashoff D,Wu S

doi

10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fcd9b6

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2010-12-01 00:00:00

pages

1147-53

issue

12

eissn

1076-2752

issn

1536-5948

journal_volume

52

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