First published in 1988, Fitness for Work has grown to become the UK 'bible' of occupational health and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine's flagship publication. This fourth edition reflects significant developments in legislation and guidelines, and changes in the information requirements of those working in the field. Demographic factors, such as an ageing population, and changes in work practice and social and political policy, mean the need for advice on the effedts of medical conditions on employments and working capability is increasing. In keeping with previous editions, chapters are organized by medical condition, and co-authored by both a topic specialist and a specialist occupational physician. The reader will find practical guidance on the employment potential and assessment of anyone with an illness or disability. There is additional coverage of the ethical and legal aspects of ill health at work. There is an attempt to include, where possible, the evidence base and guidelines behind the findings.
This update also reflects recent government focus on a more holistic approach to health problems in employment, and initiatives to encourage peoplet o stay at work and return to work, rather than supporting them at home. To an extent, occupational medicine must be tailored to individual patients under unique and specific circumstance. However, this book provides a wealth of useful consensus guidance, codes of practice, and locally evolved standards, to enable clinical judgements to be made. It is the most comprehensive text available on the effects of ill health on employment.
Table of Contents
1. A General Framework for Assessing Fitness for Work ; 2. Legal Aspects of Fitness for Work ; 3. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ; 4. Support and Rehabilitation - Restoring Fitness for Work ; 5. Ethics for Occupational Physicians ; 6. Neurological Disorders ; 7. Mental Health and Psychiatric Disorders ; 8. Epilepsy ; 9. Vision and Eye Disorders ; 10. Hearing and Vestibular Disorders ; 11. Spinal Disorders ; 12. Orthopaedics and Trauma of the Limbs ; 13. Rheumatological Disorders ; 14. Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders ; 15. Diabetes Mellitus and Other Endocrine Disorders ; 16. Haematological Disorders ; 17. Cardiovascular Disorders ; 18. Respiratory Disorders ; 19. Renal and Urological Disease ; 20. Women at Work ; 21. Fitness for Work Following Surgery ; 22. Dermatological Disorders ; 23. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) ; 24. Alcohol & Drugs Misuse ; 25. Medication ; 26. Work and The Older Employee ; 27. Ill Health Retirement ; 28. Fitness to Drive ; 29. Health Screening ; Appendix 1 - Civil Aviation ; Appendix 2 -Seafarer Fitness ; Appendix 3 - Offshore Workers ; Appendix 4 - The Medical Assessment of Working Divers ; Appendix 5 - General Aspects of Fitness for Work Overseas ; Appendix 6 - Workers exposed to hand-transmitted vibration: Health surveillance and fitness for work ; Appendix 7 - Returning to work after intensive care treatment ; Appendix 8 - Useful addresses and contact details