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Document ID (ISN)111801
CIS number 11-0475
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Spreeuwers D., de Boer A.G.E.M., Verbeek J.H.A.M., van Dijk F.J.H.
Title Evaluation of occupational disease surveillance in six EU countries
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.60, No.7, p.509-516. 30 ref.
Abstract Registries of occupational diseases in various European countries differ considerably in criteria for notification and recognition, statistical data provided and the legal and social security context. Therefore, figures on occupational diseases are not comparable between countries and are often regarded as not reliable even within a country. Still, registries of occupational diseases are an important source for policy on occupational safety and health. The objective of this study was to evaluate registries of occupational diseases in European (EU) countries for their ability to provide appropriate information for preventive policy. Contact persons of national registries for occupational diseases in six countries were sent a questionnaire on the objectives of their registry and on the quality of monitoring time trends and alerting to new risks. An auditor then visited each contact person, discussed the completed questionnaire and sent a draft audit report to the contact person for verification. Two reviewers then established a quality score based on the verified audit report. The results of the audit were sent to each contact person, who was asked to evaluate the usefulness of the audit instrument for future quality improvement of the registry. The overall conclusion is that registries in EU countries do not adequately monitor existing occupational diseases or adequately alert to newly occurring occupational diseases. There is an urgent need to improve the education and participation of notifying physicians.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; occupational diseases; safety and health documentation; notification of occupational diseases; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Finland; France; United Kingdom; reliability; national organization
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Safety and health information
Notification of accidents and diseases