Blood pressure and fitness for work.
A survey was carried out to determine whether physicians in Occupational Medicine exclude job applicants because of hypertension and to examine the critical blood pressure cut-off values they apply.
The survey sampled 116 respondents, members of the American Occupational Medical Association, Central States.
Of these, 33 (28%) reported excluding hypertensives from work permanently, as the policy of one or more of the companies they serve.
Another 78 physicians (68%) reported excluding hypertensives permanently on their own initiative when there was no company policy.
The critical determining diastolic pressure varied from 90 to >1430 mm Hg; 22 respondents (19%) excluded individuals with mild hypertension.
The results demonstrate that blood pressure is frequently used as a criterion for employment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hypertension artérielle, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Exploration, Homme, Médecine travail
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, Exploration, Human, Occupational medicine
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0257817
Code Inist : 002B12B05B. Création : 199406.