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Am Fam Physician. 1998 Sep 15;58(4):935-44.

Recognizing occupational disease--taking an effective occupational history.

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Central New York Occupational Health Clinical Center, State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, USA.

Abstract

Occupational exposures contribute to the morbidity and mortality of many diseases. However, occupational diseases continue to be underrecognized even though they are responsible for an estimated 860,000 illnesses and 60,300 deaths each year. Family physicians can play an important role in improving the recognition of occupational disease, preventing progressive illness and disability in their own patients, and contributing to the protection of other workers similarly exposed. This role can be maximized if physicians raise their level of suspicion for workplace disease, develop skills in taking occupational histories and establish routine access to occupational health resources.

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