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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Mar;54(3):276-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318246f1b7.

Is an occupational examination superior to an occupational health history alone for preplacement screening in health care settings?

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Mayo Clinic Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55901, USA. newcomb.richard@mayo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether preplacement recommendations following an occupationally focused medical history is different from those following an occupational consultation.

METHODS:

This was a retrospective cohort study of 172 applicants to our institution.

RESULTS:

Following provider review of occupational history survey alone, none of the applicants had restrictions recommended. In comparison, only 163 applicants (94.7%) were recommended to be hired without restrictions following provider review of the same patient's occupational history and examination (P = 0.0078).

CONCLUSION:

A well-designed questionnaire is useful for screening applicants for preplacement examinations and assures sufficient detail to allow for a large proportion of individuals to proceed to employment without an occupational examination. However, in this study, a small but statistically significant portion (5%) of applicants required occupational examinations for appropriate work recommendations.

PMID:
22361991
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e318246f1b7
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