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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X


QUINTANA MAQUERA, Miryan Luisa; PALOMINO BALDEON, Juan Carlos  and  TICSE AGUIRRE, Ray. Knowledge, attitudes and practice of non-occupational physicians on the evaluation of medical occupational aptitude. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.2, pp.90-96. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objectives: To determine the knowledge on the evaluation of medical aptitude to work, attitude of physicians to evaluate the aptitude to work and the follow-up and control of diseases of workers by non-occupational physicians (NOP). Methods: Cross sectional study that involved 164 physicians. A Likert type survey was applied to clinicians and surgeons at Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Frequencies were calculated for qualitative and mean- medians were calculated for quantitative variables. Results: The survey was applied to 130 NOP, 97 clinicians and 33 surgeons; 53.85% had knowledge on how to evaluate medical aptitude to work, but only 16.5% knew the concept of medical aptitude to work. Risk factors in the work place were known by 24.62%. The 16.92% of physicians surveyed considered that daily attentions were related to occupational health. The specialties that attended more occupational cases were internal medicine, cardiology, physical therapy and orthopedics (p<0.05). A good attitude at 93% was found (p<0.05). Conclusions: There is no good knowledge but good attitude in evaluating occupational health in this setting. It is recommended to incorporate the topics of occupational health and environmental heath in the medical curriculum in the School of Medicine.

Keywords : Aptitude; occupational medicine; knowledge; attitude of health personnel.

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