This is often a logical extension of audit of process, but tends to be costlier and more time consuming and therefore has a longer "lag" before producing useful data. The theoretical, ideal, outcome measurements would include:
BUT: these are dependent on risks which may be beyond the control of the occupational health service and its practitioners, may be subject to a long latency or to bias in measurement.Of course the above indices are still valid for assessing the 'Health at Work' outcomes of an industry or a population or region.
NOTE: therefore an 'output' from an Occupational Health e.g. advice on rehabilitation or on the effect of work on health, is distinct from the 'outcome' for the individual worker or for the collective workforce.
Consider the common and important occupational medical problems and activities in your workplace. Review what you have covered in this Unit so far. Make a list below in two columns of "possible audit topics" and "possible audit methods".
Your list might read like this:-
Possible Audit Topics - Possible Audit Methods
- Measurement of frequency of occupational sensitisation.
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