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Document ID (ISN)110971
CIS number 10-0505
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arnaud S., Cabut S., Viau A., Souville M.H., Verger P.
Title Different reporting patterns for occupational diseases among physicians: A study of French general practitioners, pulmonologists and rheumatologists
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.83, No.3, p.251-258. 22 ref.
Abstract Physicians can play an important role in the reporting of occupational diseases (ODs), which are still under-reported in many countries. This study aimed to identify physicians' difficulties in recognizing and reporting ODs and to study the characteristics of the physicians that do report ODs. A telephone survey was conducted in 2006-2007 among 391 general practitioners (GPs), 95 pulmonologists and 96 rheumatologists in Southeastern France, concerning their knowledge, attitudes and practice in occupational health. Simple and multiple logistic regressions were performed to study factors associated with the issue of medical certificates for the claim process. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that physicians, in particular GPs, should be encouraged to question patients on their working conditions and to become better acquainted with claim procedures. Physicians should also be provided with tools for identification of ODs that are suited to their practices, and collaboration with occupational physicians should be fostered.
Descriptors (primary) France; occupational medicine; occupational diseases; diagnosis
Descriptors (secondary) survey; statistical evaluation; compensation of occupational diseases; notification of occupational diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Occupational health services
Notification of accidents and diseases