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How to find a good answer to your OSH question?

Ask your questionWorkers have questions on occupational safety and health, but they might have problems finding a good answer online. Ask an expert online may be a good solution. You might try yourself if you speak Dutch at www.arboantwoord.com

Comparing the Use of an Online Expert Health Network against Common Information Sources to Answer Health Questions

Martijn DF Rhebergen1, MSc; Annet F Lenderink2, MD; Frank JH van Dijk1, MD, PhD; Carel TJ Hulshof1,3, MD, PhD Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 02.02.2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Internet resources, Knowledge, Knowledge transfer, , ,

The Long History of Emerging Occupational Diseases

Recently I found a very interesting webcast by Paul Blanc, MD, MSPH. Paul Blanc is Professor of Medicine and Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where he has been on faculty since 1988. He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Blanc is talking about his book How Everyday Products make People Sick: Toxins at home and in the workplace. He illustrates his point that the emerging of occupational diseases can be looked upon as technology driven by telling the story of wood preserving and the development of glues over centuries. Very interesting indeed!

Linkadres of the webcast, click here.

Filed under: History, Knowledge, Occupational diseases, ,

Revenge of the experts?

“The individual user has been king on the Internet, but the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward edited information vetted by professionals.”

“Revenge of the experts?” is an interesting article in Newsweek, published on March, 6th and written by Tony Dokoupil, on the return of the professional or expert on the Internet after the “era of the amateur”.

One of the examples named is Google’s experiment with Knol, a Wikipedia-like Web site produced by “authoritative” sources (screenshot) and a new “people powered”search engine called Mahalo.

You can read comments about it on blogs like Medical 2.0 by Dr.Uri Ginzburg.

Filed under: Knowledge, Medical 2.0,

Cochrane and occupational health

Evidence-based medicine has become an important item in occupational health in recent years. Several Cochrane reviews have been published in this field.

An important partner in evidence-based occupational health is the COHF – COCHRANE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH FIELD, started at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

The aims of COHF are:
• To gather evidence on the effectiveness of occupational health interventions.
• To stimulate the completion of systematic reviews on these interventions.

To reach their targets, they:
• maintain specific databases of occupational interventions and systematic reviews
• organise hand searching of occupational health journals
• have developed search strategies for finding OH studies in PubMed
• maintain a wish list of desirable systematic reviews
• organise funding for systematic reviews
• develop methodological support for occupational health review authors
• communicate with those interested in the field

After a free registration you can search their databases.
You can see an overview of systematic reviews in occupational health on the website.

Filed under: EBM,

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