Occupational epidemiology (OE) played a major role in the development of modern occupational medicine from a practice concerned with individual disease cases to a practice concerned with populations and their working environment. One of the greatest contribution was the identification of occupational carcinogenic agents. OE also represented the foundation for the development of environmental epidemiology which represents today a major research and public health activity. OE has, in perspective, still several contributions to provide to the development of occupational health, including the systematic description of the present burden of work-related disease on our society; the investigation of the mechanistic steps linking exposure to disease onset, in order to identify, in parallel more adequate and effective prevention measures; the validation of health surveillance and screening programs at work; the study of the "causative" link between exposures and effects; and the risk assessment for an evidence based management of the health risks at work.
|Translated title of the contribution||Occupational epidemiology: Contributions and perspectives|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health