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Document ID (ISN)111464
CIS number 11-0061
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Verger P., Viau A., Arnaud S., Cabut S., Saliba M.L., Iarmarcovai G., Souville M.
Title Barriers to physician reporting of workers' compensation cases in France
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2008, Vol.14, No.3, p.198-205. 26 ref.
Abstract Various studies suggest strong underreporting of occupational diseases in industrialized countries. In this study, data on physician-related barriers to reporting of occupational sciatica (with herniated disk) were collected by means of a telephone survey of 391 general practitioners (GPs) and 96 rheumatologists in southeastern France with a standardized questionnaire and case-vignette of a patient with occupational sciatica. Results show that 71% of GPs and 78% of rheumatologists would not recommend that the patient file a workers' compensation claim, for the following reasons: possible role of non-work-related activities (77%, 74%), should be reported as an occupational accident (67%, 42%), recommendation should be made by occupational physicians (60%, 60%) and risk of patient's losing his job (47%, 38%). These findings suggest that physicians' lack of knowledge of reporting principles and procedures, together with their ethical dilemma regarding job loss, may be barriers to reporting.
Descriptors (primary) France; occupational medicine; compensation of occupational diseases; notification of occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; ethics; health care personnel
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Ethical issues
Notification of accidents and diseases