Medication and health in the workplace

Caroline L. Swales and Jeffrey K. Aronson

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

Medication and health in the workplace

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Medication allows many to pursue productive employment when they would otherwise be unable to work safely and effectively, particularly older workers who represent an increasing part of the workforce. Others require short courses of medicines which can occasionally cause harm. Although occupational health clinicians are generally not regular prescribers, they have a vital role in ensuring safe use of medications at work. Here we review the positive and negative effects of medication in the workplace and consider how occupational health can support employees taking medications.

Chapter.  7963 words. 

Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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