The Implementation of Workers' Health Surveillance by Occupational Physicians: A Survey Study

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OBJECTIVE: Workers' health surveillance (WHS) is an important preventive activity to prevent work-related diseases. This study aimed to get insight in the implementation of WHS by occupational physicians (OPs). METHODS: A survey was conducted among 128 OPs, in which the actual implementation of WHS, OP's needs, knowledge, skills and motivation of, and opportunities for the implementation of WHS were assessed. RESULTS: In total, 96 OPs had implemented WHS in the past 5 years. Almost all OPs were motivated, and indicated the need for further development of knowledge and skills. The OPs experienced insufficient opportunities to implement WHS, and mentioned employers are not positive towards WHS. CONCLUSION: Even though OPs are motivated to implement WHS, development of knowledge and skills, and support to implement WHS at employers is needed to increase implementation of WHS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e497-e502
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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