Occupational Health – A Primer for Primary Healthcare Providers

Marcella R. Thompson of Brown University’s SRP CEC presented Public Health Grand Rounds on June 5, 2014 by webcast and to a live audience of 50 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and public health professionals. The presentation was co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Brown University’s Medical School.

Session Details:
Workers’ health is an integral part of general health and daily life. Any illness or injury can temporarily or permanently influence an individual’s capacity to work and threaten a loss of economic security and his/her way of life. Delivering occupational health in the context of integrated primary healthcare is essential to maintaining and restoring working capacity. This presentation will outline effective methods for identifying potential occupational hazards/stressors and managing work-related injuries/illnesses. Actual case studies will provide the basis for discussing successful strategies for returning patients to work. At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able 1) Identify three key workplace challenges impacting occupational health and safety; 2) Recall two work-related questions to ask adult patients; 3) Name one source of evidence-based practice guidelines for common work-related injuries and illnesses; 4) Describe one strategy for successfully returning a patient to work.

The Webcast is available by clicking here.