These are important clinical encounters, may be difficult to audit and yet good practice is essential to achieve and maintain.
Stress is an increasingly common presentation of ill-health in occupational health practice. The evidence base for auditing the process of managing workers presenting with stress is not as good as it is for back pain. However there is probably an adequate consensus for a number of items to be included in the proces of a good practice consultation.
Give some thought as to what you think these might be, and then scroll
down the page to the guideline framework which is provided as a starting
Diagnosis and Conclusions
Audit of consultations is only part of the audit that may be relevant
to this important occupational health problem. It may need to be set in
an organisational context. How would you audit the prevention of this type
of occupational ill-health?
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NOW.... Now consider carefully - perhaps in your workplace there
are problems with respiratory or cutaneous sensitisation. How would you
audit your clinical assessment of these cases? However, how would you audit
the outcome? Once you have written your thoughts, then you may proceed
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