Occupational Health

I’ve noticed a change in my colleague’s behaviour. What should I do? – The BMJ (free) (via @brhospitalist)

 

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The impact of occupational shift work and working hours during pregnancy on health outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis – American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (link to abstract – for full-text)

Commentary: Night shifts, long hours linked to miscarriages and preterm births – Reuters (free)

 

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Physician Burnout: A Global Crisis

12 Jul, 2019 | 07:57h | UTC

Survey: Suicide Amongst Anesthetists

4 Jul, 2019 | 10:47h | UTC

Suicide amongst anaesthetists – an Association of Anaesthetists survey – Anaesthesia (free)

News Release: Survey highlights need for improved mental health guidance & support for anaesthetists – Association of Anaesthetists (free)

 

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WHO Redefines Burnout As A ‘Syndrome’ Linked To Chronic Stress At Work – NPR (free)

See also: Burn-out an “occupational phenomenon”: International Classification of Diseases – World Health Organization (free)

 

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When Is the Surgeon Too Old to Operate? – The New York Times (free)

Related: Perspective: Assessing the Performance of Aging Surgeons (free for a limited period) AND Observational Study: Age and Sex of Surgeons and Mortality of Older Surgical Patients (free study and commentary) AND The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

 

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Perspective: The Death of the Sick Day

24 Jan, 2019 | 21:41h | UTC

The Death of the Sick Day – The New York Times (free)

“For many office workers, “working from home” has replaced a day spent recovering under the covers.”

 


Review: Silicosis and Lung Cancer

22 Nov, 2018 | 21:34h | UTC

A sleep prescription for medicine – The Lancet (free registration required)

“Junior doctors working a 34 h shift will make 460% more diagnostic mistakes than when well rested. Matthew Walker asks how can we change the culture of sleep within medicine?” (via @TheLancet see Tweet)

 


Compassionate leadership has a pivotal role in tackling bullying in healthcare – The BMJ Opinion (free)

“Negative staff experiences are often a precursor for negative patient experiences”.

 


Addressing Burnout in Nephrologists

16 Jan, 2018 | 13:05h | UTC

Guideline: Obesity in the Workplace

10 Jan, 2018 | 00:26h | UTC

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain – VOX (free)

“Mainstream medicine has failed people with chronic back pain”

 


Are high heels bad for your health?

3 Aug, 2017 | 21:17h | UTC

New National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Summaries in Low back, Cervical and Thoracic Spine Disorders with focus on occupational health.

Low Back Disorders – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (free summary from NGC – $ see original guideline in ACOEM website)

Cervical and thoracic spine disorders – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (free summary from NGC – $ see original guideline in ACOEM website)

 


Air Pollution and Mortality

29 Jun, 2017 | 13:02h | UTC

A Piece of My Mind: Speak Up – JAMA (free)

“Verbal and physical attacks against health care workers are common, are underreported, and have lasting consequences in the form of persistent fear”.

 


Giles Maskell: The practice of radiology needs to change – The BMJ Opinion (free)

“The practice of radiology is unsafe and needs to change says, Giles Maskell” (RT see Tweet)

 


Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver? – AMA Journal of Ethics (free)

“Physicians have an obligation to check in on dementia patients’ caregivers, and provide support if necessary” (RT @JournalofEthics see Tweet)

 


Why are doctors killing themselves

19 Jun, 2017 | 12:55h | UTC

Working while sick

12 Jun, 2017 | 19:50h | UTC

Working with influenza-like illness: Presenteeism among US health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season – American Journal of Infection Control (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Working while sick – ACP Internist (free) AND Health worker survey reveals many work during flu illness – CIDRAP (free)

Over 40% of surveyed health care personnel worked with self-reported influenza-like illness. “To reduce levels of health-worker–associated flu transmission, the researchers said that misconceptions about working while sick and sick leave policies both need to be addressed” (from CIDRAP)

 


Survey and commentaries: Why Physician Burnout Is Endemic, and How Health Care Must Respond – NEJM Catalyst (free)

Increased in clerical burden seems to be one of the leading causes, heavily influenced by expanded and more comprehensive use of electronic health records. More on the burden of administrative tasks in healthcare in our April 21 issue, see #5.

 


Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians (free)

See also: ACP: Stop Saddling Docs With Administrative Tasks – MedPage Today (free registration required)

“It’s time for all those involved in the healthcare industry to reevaluate and reduce the administrative task burden placed on clinicians” (from MedPage commentary above).

 


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