Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects
John Hobson, Julia Smedley
Oxford University Press, Feb 21, 2019 - Medical - 888 pages
The 'bible' of occupational health, Fitness for Work is the most in-depth and comprehensive resource available on the relationship between ill health and employment. The specialist advice given covers health hazards in the work place, fitness for work, and rehabilitation after illness or injury. A truly current source, it discusses the social aspects of work, and problems associated with our ageing workforce and changing population.
Communicating occupational health advice to patients, employees, and doctors, Fitness for Work improves relationships in the workplace. It details the impact of a patient's health on work, and how they can be supported to gain or remain in employment. This invaluable source argues that in a suitable role, an employee can derive immense benefits to their health and well-being from work. Importantly, this comprehensive title also presents tactics on how to reduce inappropriate barriers to work for those who have overcome an injury or disease, and those who live with chronic conditions.
Fully revised and updated, the sixth edition of Fitness for Work is based on the latest research evidence and clinical advances. The first half of the book focuses on the general principles of fitness to work and occupational health practice, such as legal aspects, ethical principles, health promotion, health surveillance and general principles of rehabilitation. In addition, it advises on sickness absence, ill health retirement, medication, transport, vibration and travel.
In the second half of the book, chapters are arranged by clinical speciality or topic, and are co-authored by a topic specialist and a specialist occupational physician providing a comprehensive view of the subject. For effortless reference, each specialty chapter outlines the conditions covered, their prevalence and impact, and discusses the clinical aspects and treatment that affects work capacity. All recommendations are evidence-based and make use of the NICE guidelines.
The definitive text on the relationship between health and work, Fitness for Work delivers a wealth of valuable consensus guidance, codes of practice, and locally evolved standards. This highly-regarded resource is essential for all occupational health practitioners.
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1 A general framework for assessing fitness for work
2 Legal aspects of fitness for work
3 The Equality Act 2010
4 Ethics in occupational health
5 Health promotion in the workplace
6 Health screening in occupational health
7 The older worker
8 Womens health and other gender issues at work
disorders of upper and lower limbs
23 Neurological disorders
25 Diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders
26 Cardiovascular diseases
27 Respiratory disorders
9 Sickness absence
10 Rehabilitation and return to work
11 Fitness for work after surgery or critical illness
12 Ill health retirement
13 Medication and employment
14 Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
16 Seafaring offshore energy and diving
17 International travel
18 Health effects of vibration
19 Mental health and psychiatric disorders
28 Dermatological disorders
29 Cancer survivorship and work
30 Vision and eye disorders
31 Hearing and vestibular disorders
32 Hidden impairments
33 Gastrointestinal and liver disorders
34 Bloodborne viruses
35 Haematological disorders
36 Renal and urological disease