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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000053
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Preventive Actions Taken by Workers After Workers' Health Surveillance: A Controlled Trial

Boschman, J. S. PhD; Van der Molen, H. F. PhD; Frings-Dresen, M. H. W. PhD; Sluiter, J. K. PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate construction workers' preventive actions and occupational physician's (OPs) recommendations after a job-specific workers' health surveillance (WHS) compared with the currently used generic WHS.

Methods: After the WHS, the OPs' written recommendations were captured. At the 3-month follow-up, the workers were asked about the preventive actions they had undertaken. A generalized linear mixed model was used to compare proportions of workers.

Results: At follow-up, the proportion of workers who reported taking preventive actions was significantly higher in the intervention group (80%, 44/55) than in the control group (67%, 80 of 121), (P = 0.04). In the intervention group, the OPs provided a higher proportion of workers with written recommendations (82%, 63 of 77, vs 57%, 69 of 121; P = 0.03).

Conclusion: The job-specific WHS aided OPs in providing workers with recommendations and workers in undertaking (job-specific) preventive actions.

Copyright © 2013 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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