Four hundred and seventy-two consecutive referral episodes relating to 386 patients attending the Occupational Health Department of a general teaching hospital were analyzed to evaluate the frequency, content and effect on management of communications between the occupational physician and other doctors.
In all, 250 episodes (53%) were associated with such a communication.
The likelihood of a communication was strongly influenced by reason for referral, particularly in respect of long or short term sickness absence ; univariate odds ratios (OR)=10.58,95% Cl=8.13-27.08) and 2.65,95% Cl=1.55-4.60) respectively ; a medical diagnosis of psychiatric illness (OR=3.17,95% Cl=1.69-5.97)) ; and by number of consultations.
Communication was also more likely when the occupational outcome was ill health retirement, rehabilitation in work or modified work.
Ninety-eight per cent of specific requests for information or an opinion elicited a reply.
Information received from other doctors influenced the occupational health physician's management in 52 referral episodes (20%). Specific action by GPs as a result of communication was documented in 54 and by specialists in 37 episodes.
The importance of communication between occupational health physician and other doctors in the occupational health process is confirmed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine travail, Médecin, Médecin généraliste, Royaume Uni, Europe, Audit, Milieu professionnel, Personnel sanitaire, Communication information, Consultation, Service santé, Milieu hospitalier
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational medicine, Physician, General practitioner, United Kingdom, Europe, Audit, Occupational environment, Health staff, Information communication, Consultation, Health service, Hospital environment
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0454265
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 03/02/1998.