Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects

Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects

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Edited by Keith T. Palmer, Edited by Ian Brown, Edited by John Hobson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 38mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199643245
  • ISBN 13: 9780199643240
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 50 halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 158,816

Product description

The 'bible' of occupational health, Fitness for Work is the most in-depth and comprehensive resource available on the effects of ill health on employment. Expert authors provide practical guidance on the employment potential of anyone with an illness or disability, as well as examining the art and skills of fitness for work assessment and its ethical framework. Fully revised and updated, Fitness for Work, fifth edition now includes, for the first time, important new chapters on work in cancer survivors, health promotion in the workplace, and managing and avoiding sickness absence. Following in the all-encompassing and comprehensive tradition of the previous editions, it also continues to provide coverage of and information on support for rehabilitation, work at older ages, health screening, and the full array of medical and surgical health problems that can affect fitness for work. Chapters are organized by medical condition to enable effortless reference, and are co-authored by a topic specialist and a specialist occupational physician providing a comprehensive view of the subject. The latest developments in legislation and government guidelines are included ensuring the book is up-to-date and provides the most current procedures in the field. Fitness for Work delivers a wealth of valuable consensus guidance, codes of practice, and locally evolved standards to enable well-informed clinical judgements to be made. All occupational health professionals should have a copy of this highly-regarded resource on their desks.

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John Hobson is a practising consultant occupational physician. He has been the honorary editor of the journal Occupational Medicine for over ten years. He holds academic appointments in occupational medicine at Keele, Manchester and Birmingham universities.

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'In my view the book is essential for all who practice occupational health, not just occupational physicians who are its main intended audience. I think it would also, in parts or as a whole, be of value to human resources, the legal profession and health and safety practitioners who would gain from the chapters on sickness absence prevention and management, ethics and health screening. It is keenly priced and should be on everyoneas bookshelf.' Occupational Medicine 'It has deservedly become the valued 'bible' of occupational health and as such a key resource for all groups of occupational health practitioners, safety staff, human resources managers, and a wide range of other clinical and public health specialists working in hospitals and primary care...the content of this book has been revised to ensure that it continues to provide appropriate and authoritative up-to-date guidance to all who are involved in addressing health issues associated with employment.' Public Health '...the standard textbook of occupational medicine...Four editions in 20 years is a remarkable achievement for any medical textbook and reflects not only the changes and advances in medicine, legislation and the practice of occupational medicine that have occurred, but also the esteem in which the book is now held.' Occupational Health '[This book] is virtually an exclusive library in its own right...an organically expanding compendium of contemporary wisdom and reference for many professionals in countless areas of care, research and discovery. The successive forewards and prefaces to all four editions make inspiring and provocative reading, well worth introductory browsing time to realise the full design and value of the work.' RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Journal 'Occupational physicians and occupational health nurses are more and more involved in litigation cases and, for this alone, this book should be required reading. ... no occupational physician, occupational health nurse, GP nor any person who may have to sit on, or give evidence to, an industrial tribunal should be without this comprehensive book.' Chronic Neck Pain Blog Now in its fifth edition, this book provides an encyclopedic view of the 40 most important issues in occupational medicine. In a decidedly a Commonwealth view of the topic, the book delves deeply into the origins, context, and outcome for conditions ranging from the dermatological to cancer survivorship and work itself. Coming at a time of global change and undertaking, the book explores new developments related to the issue of people being able to perform their jobs while accepting certain health limitations. The expanded notion of so-called disability in the setting of work is refreshing... This book is as useful to primary care practitioners as it is to those engaged in occupational medicine and ancillary fields. It is also a good reference for risk assessors and decision makers... I found myself sharing parts of this comprehensive, insightful, and interesting book with others. J. Thomas Pierce, Navy Environmental Health Center, for Doody's, July 2013 In my view the book is essential for all who practice occupational health, not just occupational physicians who are its main intended audience. I think it would also, in parts or as a whole, be of value to human resources, the legal profession and health and safety practitioners who would gain from the chapters on sickness absence prevention and management, ethics and health screening. It is keenly priced and should be on everyones bookshelf. Occupational Medicine, August 2013

Table of contents

1. A general framework for assessing fitness for work ; 2. Legal aspects of fitness for work ; 3. The Equality Act ; 4. Support, rehabilitation and interventions in restoring fitness for work ; 5. Ethics for occupational physicians ; 6. Neurological disorders ; 7. Mental health and psychiatric disorders ; 8. Epilepsy ; 9. Vision and eye disorders ; 10. Hearing and vestibular disorders ; 11. Spinal disorders ; 12. Orthopaedics and trauma of the limbs ; 13. Rheumatological disorders ; 14. Gastrointestinal and liver disorders ; 15. Diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders ; 16. Haematological disorders ; 17. Cardiovascular disorders ; 18. Respiratory disorders ; 19. Renal and urological disease ; 20. Women at work ; 21. Fitness for work after surgery or critical illness ; 22. Dermatological disorders ; 23. HIV ; 24. Alcohol and drugs misuse ; 25. Medication ; 26. The older worker ; 27. Ill Health Retirement ; 28. Fitness to drive ; 29. Health screening ; 30. Managing and avoiding sickness absence ; 31. Health promotion in the workplace ; 32. Cancer ; APPENDIX 1: CIVIL AVIATION ; APPENDIX 2: SEAFARER FITNESS ; APPENDIX 3: OFFSHORE WORKERS ; APPENDIX 4: THE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT OF WORKING DIVERS ; APPENDIX 5: GENERAL ASPECTS OF FITNESS FOR WORK OVERSEAS ; APPENDIX 6: WORKERS EXPOSED TO HAND TRANSMITTED VIBRATIONS