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What do surveillance schemes tell us about the epidemiology of occupational disease? 

What do surveillance schemes tell us about the epidemiology of occupational disease?
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What do surveillance schemes tell us about the epidemiology of occupational disease?
Author(s):

Raymond Agius

, Malcolm R. Sim

, and Vincent Bonneterre

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199683901.003.0011
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date: 29 March 2020

Over the last quarter century systematic occupational health surveillance schemes tending to operate nationally at a voluntary level have provided valuable information about occupational disease and work-related ill health. This has ranged from the determinants, by industry, occupation, and exposure, to trends in incidence. These data have been used both to inform public policy and to evaluate the interventions that legislation and other preventive steps have brought about. Moreover, recently techniques have been developed to identify possible new associations between disease, exposure, and occupation. Surveillance schemes are important complements to other approaches in occupational epidemiology so as to monitor trends in disease, to help determine risks, and to identify new diseases.

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