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Document ID (ISN)103560
CIS number 04-560
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Benavides F.G., Castejˇn J., Gimeno D., Porta M., Mestres J., Simonet P.
Title Certification of occupational diseases as common diseases in a primary health care setting
Bibliographic information Feb. 2005, Vol.47, No.2, p.176-180. 24 ref.
Abstract It is often difficult to discern whether a disease is an occupational or common disease, especially in a primary care setting. From a random sample of 322 workers attending a primary health care centre in Spain, 207 workers agreed to participate in this study aimed at determining the proportion of probable occupational diseases misclassified as common diseases by general practitioners. An occupational questionnaire was administered, and medical records of each participant were examined. The data were independently reviewed by two occupational physicians and a general practitioner. It was found that 33 of the 207 cases (15.9%) were probably related to occupational factors according to expert opinion, while in the workers' assessment, occupational factors accounted for 74 (35.7%) cases of disease. The consequences of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; classification; hospitals; diagnosis
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; legal aspects; industrial physicians; occupational medicine; Spain
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services