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Occupational medicine practice: one specialty or three?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20595920     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To characterize education, practice, and skills of occupational physicians and to evaluate subgroups within the profession. METHODS: The data for the baseline surveys of the occupational medicine practice research project were collected for a national sample of occupational physicians using paper or on-line instruments. Three subgroups were defined a priori-injury care, clinical specialist, and management/population. RESULTS: Occupational medicine seems to include three distinct subgroups, which differ in characteristics such as patient volume, relevant clinical skills, and income source. Nevertheless, many commonalities were present across all three groups, such as emphasis on communication, OSHA, and workers compensation. Musculoskeletal and workers compensation care were most important, although there were highly significant differences among the three subgroups. CONCLUSIONS: Planning for education, certification, and organization of services should acknowledge the distinctions among the three subgroups.
Philip Harber; Sasha Rose; Johnny Bontemps; Kaochoy Saechao; Yihang Liu; David Elashoff; Samantha Wu
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1536-5948     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  672-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence
Health Care Surveys
Musculoskeletal Diseases / economics,  therapy
Occupational Medicine / economics*,  education*,  organization & administration
United States
United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Workers' Compensation
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