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Fitness for Work

Edited by Keith T Palmer, Ian Brown [[missing key: and]] John Hobson

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199643240.001.0001

Series: Landmark Papers

Fitness for Work

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Cancer survivorship and work

Philip Wynn and Shirley D’Sa.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Radiation Oncology. 8671 words.

About 5 per cent of the overall UK cancer burden can be attributed to occupational exposures. However, occupational physicians in clinical practice are most likely to be called upon to...

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Cardiovascular disorders

Anne E. Price and Michael C. Petch.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Cardiovascular Medicine. 9869 words.

Cardiovascular disorders remain one of the commonest causes of ill health and death but their incidence in Western society has been declining and there have also been significant reductions...

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Dermatological disorders

Ursula T. Ferriday and I. S. Foulds.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Dermatology. 4531 words.

The skin acts as a protective barrier against a number of hazards within our environment. These hazards can be: chemical, e.g. acids, alkalis, solvents, cutting, or soluble oils; biologicalnull...

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Diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders

Eugene R. Waclawski and Geoff Gill.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Endocrinology and Diabetes. 8177 words.

A few studies of employment and diabetes in the UK indicate some increase in sickness absence. Recent research on the impact of hypoglycaemia at work indicated that severe hypoglycaemia was...

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Disability and equality law

Gillian S. Howard and Tony Williams.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 15524 words.

The Equality Act 2010 (EqA) (which applies in Great Britain and not in Northern Ireland) replaces the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and all the other antidiscrimination statutes...

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Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

David Brown and Henrietta Bowden-Jones.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology. 8921 words.

Drug and alcohol misuse is present at all levels of society and throughout the world although the patterns of use, the substances involved, and the prevailing attitudes vary widely. However...

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Epilepsy

Ian Brown and Martin C. Prevett.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Neurology. 9715 words.

Epilepsy is a common condition that affects large numbers of working people. In about one-third, epilepsy is the only condition, and in others there are additional neurological,...

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Ethics in occupational health

Paul Litchfield.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 7717 words.

Ethics, or moral philosophy, is an attempt to define principles that govern how people should behave in society. Healthcare is practised within communities and must reflect the cultural and...

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Fitness for work after surgery or critical illness

Tony Williams and Bill Thomas.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Critical Care; Rehabilitation Medicine. 11385 words.

Occupational health practitioners are frequently asked for advice on fitness to return to work after surgery. Providing the best answer is not always clear cut, as there is little evidence...

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Gastrointestinal and liver disorders

Ira Madan and Simon Hellier.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Gastroenterology. 11328 words.

Few disorders of the gastrointestinal systems, bar infections, are caused or exacerbated by the work environment. More commonly, gastrointestinal disorders and associated symptoms limit the...

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A general framework for assessing fitness for work

Keith T. Palmer and Ian Brown.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology. 9634 words.

This introductory chapter deals mainly with the principles underlying medical assessment of fitness for work, contacts between medical practitioners and the workplace, and confidentiality...

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Haematological disorders

Julia C. Smedley and Richard S. Kaczmarski.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Haematology. 7578 words.

Few haematological disorders are caused or exacerbated by work. However, they may affect an employee’s capacity to work. Mild haematological derangements (e.g. iron deficiency anaemia,...

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Health and transport safety: fitness to drive

Tim Carter, Heather G. Major, Sally A. Evans and Andrew P. Colvin.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 4499 words.

Fitness to work in all modes of transport, where this may put members of the public or other workers at risk, has long been an area of public concern. Because inadequate performance may...

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Health promotion in the workplace

Steve Boorman and Ian Banks.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 6988 words.

This chapter aims to provide a summary of the development of modern approaches to health promotion in the workplace, illustrated by a number of case studies from UK businesses active in...

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Health screening

Tar-Ching Aw and David S. Q. Koh.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 5623 words.

Health screening is a useful tool in occupational health practice, but theoretical and practical issues bear consideration before beginning such screening for any group of workers. Legal...

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Hearing and vestibular disorders

Linda M. Luxon and Finlay Dick.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Otolaryngology (ENT). 5982 words.

Hearing and balance disorders are common in those of working age and become commoner with increasing age. Hearing impairment can adversely affect an individual’s education and employment...

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Human immunodeficiency virus

Paul Grime and Christopher Conlon.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Infectious Diseases. 12988 words.

Despite significant advances in the treatment of HIV infection and dramatic increases in disease-free survival, there has not been a corresponding increase in employment for those infected...

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Ill health retirement

Jon Poole.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy; Old Age Psychiatry. 5681 words.

Doctors who give advice to pension scheme trustees or administrators should be aware of the eligibility criteria for that scheme and the meaning of terms used in the regulations, the...

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Legal aspects of fitness for work

Gillian S. Howard.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 11543 words.

The English legal system is based on the common law. The common law system in England and Wales developed from the decisions of judges whose rulings over the centuries have created...

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Managing and avoiding sickness absence

Richard Preece and Dean Royles.

in Fitness for Work

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Occupational Medicine; Public Health and Epidemiology; Occupational Therapy. 9737 words.

Sickness absence is an important issue for workers, managers, and occupational health services. Most employees suffer health problems at some time during their career and face decisions on...

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