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Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects, 6th Edition

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John Hobson and Julia Smedley

Fitness for Work, a UK publication, is a respected in-depth and comprehensive resource on the relationship between health and employment. It provides practical advice that complies with employment law as well as health and safety regulations to be used by occupational health practitioners on a daily basis.

The clinical chapters in Fitness for Work are co-authored by a clinical specialist and an occupational physician. Coverage includes health hazards in the workplace, fitness for work, and rehabilitation after illness or injury. For ease of reference occupational health issues are organized by medical condition. With a review of current research, this resource provides advice on fitness for work in the context of our changing society, including the older worker.

Links to additional resources are provided, including useful addresses, contact details, and further reading.

Chapters are split into two sections. The first section focuses on the general principles of fitness to work and occupational health practice. This includes ethical principles, health promotion, health surveillance, and general principles of rehabilitation. The second section features chapters arranged by clinical specialty or topic. Each specialty chapter is co-authored by a clinical specialist and an occupational physician and outlines the conditions covered, their prevalence and impact, and discusses the clinical aspects and treatment that impacts work capacity.
Highlights of the Sixth Edition:
Comprehensive coverage of occupational health issues, organized by medical conditions for ease of reference
Up to date information on clinical advances, research evidence and guidelines
Practical advice that can be used by the occupational health practitioner on a day-to-day basis,

Table of Contents
Section 1
1. A general framework for assessing fitness for work, John Hobson and Julia Smedley
2. Legal aspects of fitness for work, Gillian S. Howard
3. The Equality Act, Mark Landon and Tony Williams
4. Ethics in occupational health, Steve Boorman and Diana Kloss
5. Health promotion in the workplace, Steve Boorman
6. Health screening in occupational health, David Koh and Tar-Ching Aw
7. The older worker, Steven Nimmo
8. Women s Health and other Gender issues at work, Blandina Blackburn and Patrick Bose
9. Sickness absence, Richard Preece
10. Rehabilitation and return to work, Danny Wong
11. Fitness for work after surgery or critical illness, Tony Williams and Neil Pearce
12. Ill health retirement, Jon Poole and Glyn R. Evans
13. Medication and employment, Caroline Swales and Peter McDowall
14. Drugs and alcohol in the workplace, David Brown and David Rhinds
15. Transport, Tim Carter, Rae-Wen Chang, Andrew Colvin, Robbert Hermanns
16. Seafaring, offshore energy and diving, Tim Carter, Sally Bell, Mike Doig, Robbert Hermanns, Phil Bryson
17. International Travel, Dipti Patel
18. Health effects of vibration, Ian Lawson and Roger Cooke

Section 2
19. Mental health and psychiatric disorders, Richard J.L. Heron and Neil Greenberg
20. Musculoskeletal conditions, Part 1: Rheumatological disorders, Syed Nasir and Karen Walker-Bone
21. Musculoskeletal conditions, Part 2: Spinal disorders, Birender Balain, John Hobson
22. Musculoskeletal conditions, Part 3: disorders of upper and lower limbs, Sam Valanejad Julia Blackburn Karen Walker-Bone
23. Epilepsy, Ian Brown and Martin C. Prevett
24. Other Neurological disorders, Jon Poole and Richard Hardie
25. Diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders, Ali Hashtroudi and Mayank Patel
26. Cardiovascular Diseases, Joseph De Bono and Anli Yue Zhou
27. Respiratory disorders, Paul Cullinan and Kaveh Asanati
28. Dermatological disorders, John English and Dr Hanaa Sayed
29. Cancer survivorship and work, Philip Wynn and Elizabeth Murphy
30. Vision and eye disorders, John Pitts and Stuart J. Mitchell
31. Hearing and vestibular disorders, Julian Eyears and Kristian Hutson
32. Hidden impairments, Marios Adamou and John Hobson
33. Gastrointestinal and liver disorders, Ira Madan and Simon Hellier
34. Blood borne viruses, Paul Grime and Christopher Conlon
35. Haematological disorders, Julia Smedley and Richard S. Kaczmarski
36. Renal and urological disease, Christopher W. Ide and Edwina A. Brown
Publication Date 2019
Format Softcover, 864 pages
Product Code 24096
John Hobson, Honorary Senior Lecturer; and Director, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK; and Hobson Health
Julia Smedley, Consultant Occupational Physician and Head of Occupational Health; and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; and University of Southampton

John Hobson is a practising consultant occupational physician. He has been the honorary editor of the journal Occupational Medicine for over fifteen years. He holds academic appointments in occupational medicine at Keele, Manchester and Birmingham universities.

Julia Smedley is an occupational physician, leading a large multidisciplinary OH service in the NHS. She has an active interest in research and innovation, service development and quality improvement and has contributed to national guidelines and audits in the specialty. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton.