Women at work

Sally E. L. Coomber and P. A. Harris

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI:

Series: Landmark Papers

Women at work

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Although nearly half the UK workforce is female, they differ from men in the jobs they do, the hours and patterns of work, and even their rates of pay. These factors impact on women’s health and fitness for work. This chapter considers fertility to conception, childbirth though to post-natal health, menstruation to the menopause and gynaecological surgery and ergonomics. When considering fitness to work of a female worker, there may be more to consider than the duties of the job and declared medical history. Some relevant clinical problems may not be raised without skilful, direct enquiry e.g. postnatal depression, stress incontinence. In addition to the role at work, women still tend to undertake the lion’s share of the childcare and family commitments: this should be considered when planning for a successful phased return to work.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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