Evidence-based approach for continuous improvement of occupational health

Alberto Firenze, Michele Conversano, Matteo Riccò, Guglielmo Dini, Vincenzo Nicosia, Alessandra Toletone, Italian Society Of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine And Public Health (Siti), Gennaro De Pasquale, Mario Lizza, Giovanni Sotgiu, Martina Barchitta, Nicola Magnavita, Agostino Messineo, Annalaura Carducci, Paolo Durando, Alberto Firenze, Lamberto Manzoli

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Abstract

Introduction. It was recognized early on that an Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) approach could be applied to Public Health (PH), including the area of Occupational Health (OH). The aim of Evidence-Based Occupational Health (EBOH) is to ensure safety, health, and well-being in the workplace. Currently, high-quality research is necessary in order to provide arguments and scientific evidence upon which effective, efficient, and sustainable preventive measures and policies are to be developed in the workplace in Western countries. Occupational physicians need to integrate available scientific evidence and existing recommendations with a framework of national employment laws and regulations. Objective. This paper addresses the state of the art of scientific evidence available in the field (i.e., efficacy of interventions, usefulness of education and training of workers, and need of a multidisciplinary strategy integrated within the national PH programs) and the main critical issues for their implementation. Conclusions. Promoting good health is a fundamental part of the smart, inclusive growth objectives of Europe 2020 - Europe's growth strategy: keeping people healthy and active for longer has a positive impact on productivity and competitiveness. It appears clear that health quality and safety in the workplace play a key role for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth in Western countries.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)81-85
Numero di pagine5
RivistaEpidemiologia e prevenzione
Volume39
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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