Work-related disease in general practice: A systematic review

Weevers, Harm-Jan A., van der Beek, Allard J., Anema, Johannes R., van der Wal, Gerrit and van Mechelen, Willem (2005) Work-related disease in general practice: A systematic review. Family Practice, 22 2: 197-204. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmh727


Author Weevers, Harm-Jan A.
van der Beek, Allard J.
Anema, Johannes R.
van der Wal, Gerrit
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Work-related disease in general practice: A systematic review
Journal name Family Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-2136
1460-2229
Publication date 2005-04-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmh727
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 197
End page 204
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The objective was to answer the following questions: What is the prevalence of potentially work-related diseases in the general practice population? What is the incidence of consulting a GP for a potentially work-related disease? What is the relationship between diseases seen in general practice and work ability?

Methods:. Cochrane standards and QUOROM principals were used. For this systematic review the available literature was identified in a computerized search of the bibliographical databases Medline, Embase and Osh-rom. A total of 22 publications (24 studies) met the inclusion criteria.

Results: In the general practice population high prevalence rates of potentially work-related diseases were found for low back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. Incidence rates of consulting a GP for a potentially work-related disease were high also. Musculoskeletal disorders were the main reasons for work-related consultations in general practice. Work-related diseases can affect work ability.

Conclusions: Work-related diseases are common, given the high incidence and prevalence of potentially work-related diseases found in the general practice population and seen by the GP. This review underlines the important role of GPs in identifying and managing work-related diseases. GPs should consider the work factor and pay special attention to the effects of work on health, because patients often link their work with their illness.
Keyword General practice
Incidence
Prevalence
Work ability
Work-related diseases
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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