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Blood pressure and fitness for work.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1581011     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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 greater than 130 mm Hg; 22 respondents (19%) excluded individuals with mild hypertension. The results demonstrate that blood pressure is frequently used as a criterion for employment. Additionally, the level of blood pressure precluding work is arbitrary and variable. There is a need for consensus on appropriate guidelines to preclude inappropriate discrimination against hypertensive job applicants.
M B Murphy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  1992 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-18     Completed Date:  1992-06-18     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, IL 60637.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Hypertension / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Occupational Medicine
Physician's Practice Patterns / statistics & numerical data
United States
Work Capacity Evaluation*
Comment In:
Am J Hypertens. 1992 May;5(5 Pt 1):335   [PMID:  1581015 ]

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