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Multicentre study 'rehabilitation of occupational skin diseases -optimization and quality assurance of inpatient management (ROQ)'-results from 12-month follow-up.
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PMID:  23046085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background. Occupational skin disease (OSD) is common, and imposes a considerable personal and public burden. To tackle OSD, the German stepwise procedure of handling OSD was set up. It contains an interdisciplinary, integrated inpatient rehabilitation measure [tertiary individual prevention (TIP)] [dermatological treatment and diagnostic procedures, and patient education (health and psychological)]. The primary aims of the TIP are reduction of the severity of OSD, reduction in the use of corticosteroids, facilitation of return to work, decreased absence from work, and enhanced quality of life (QoL). It was positively evaluated for a period of 4 weeks after return to work. Objectives. To investigate whether the observed short-term effects remain significant and meaningful over a period of 12 months after discharge from the TIP. Methods. A prospective design was used to compare clinical and patient-reported outcome data between admission to a 3-week inpatient TIP and 12 months after discharge (12-month follow-up). Results. Of 1788 individuals admitted to the TIP, data from 1617 individuals were available for analysis. We observed a significant reduction in the severity of OSD, the use of topical corticosteroids, and days of absence from work because of OSD. QoL was significantly improved, and 87.4% were able to return to work and remain in the workforce. Conclusions. A randomized controlled trial would have been desirable, but was not possible, for legal and other reasons. However, the long-term 12-month follow-up shows that the TIP is associated with sustained improvements in terms of ability to work, QoL, and prognosis, and reductions in days of absence from work because of skin conditions and topical corticosteroid application. These results indicate that the TIP provided a reduction in the personal and public burden of OSD.
Elke Weisshaar; Christoph Skudlik; Reginald Scheidt; Uwe Matterne; Britta Wulfhorst; Michael Schönfeld; Peter Elsner; Thomas L Diepgen; Swen M John;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contact dermatitis     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-0536     ISO Abbreviation:  Contact Derm.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7604950     Medline TA:  Contact Dermatitis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Clinical Social Medicine, Centre of Health Systems Research, Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, University of Heidelberg, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine, Health Theory, University of Osnabrueck, 49090 Osnabrueck, Germany Institute for Interdisciplinary Dermatologic Prevention and Rehabilitation (iDerm) at the University of Osnabrueck and Dermatologic Centre, Trauma Hospital, 21033 Hamburg, Germany Clinic for Occupational Diseases of the VBG (Statutory Accident, Insurance), 83435 Bad Reichenhall, Germany Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Jena, 07740 Jena, Germany.
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