Interventions to Increase the Reporting of Occupational Diseases by Physicians
Description of Resource:
Underreporting of occupational diseases is an important issue worldwide. The collection of reliable data is essential for public health officials to plan intervention programs to prevent occupational diseases. This systematic review evaluated the effects of interventions aimed at increasing the reporting of occupational diseases by physicians. It identified 12 studies and found evidence ranging from very low to moderate quality that educational materials, educational meetings, or a combination of the 2 do not considerably increase the reporting of occupational diseases. The use of a reminder message on the legal obligation to report might provide some positive results. Future studies should investigate the effects of large-scale interventions like legislation, existing or new disease-specific registries, newly established occupational health services, or surveillance systems.