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Workplace interventions to deal with occupational asthma

Occupational asthma is the most frequently reported work‐related respiratory disease in many countries. It is defined as asthma that is caused by a specific workplace exposure to certain substances and not to factors outside the workplace. In a recent review the population attributable risk for adult onset asthma being caused by occupational exposures was 17.6%. Occupational asthma can lead to decreased quality of life, sickness absence and increased costs for the patient, the employer and society. Early removal from exposure has been reported to be important in the prognosis of occupational asthma in a number of papers and reviews, but is not universally accepted as an important part of management.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2011

Health examination of people before they start work at a new job to prevent injuries, disease and sick leave

The aim of pre‐employment examinations is to find people who may have a higher risk for occupational disease, injury or sick leave if they are given the job. By not employing job applicants with higher health risks, it may be possible to prevent disease or injury. These possible health benefits come at the cost of the applicants not having a job. Other prevention strategies are to fix the problems found at the examination by changing work tasks or by physical fitness training.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011

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