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Can you work even if an occupational health doctor says unfit?

Can you work even if an occupational health doctor says unfit?

Probably not: Your employer will probably not allow you to work if the occupational health doctor says no because they will not want to risk you getting worse from your initial work injury. Let the doctor be the expert in this case. ...Read more

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Occupational Health (Definition)

Occupational health is the field of medicine and public health that seeks to ensure the safety and health of workers, ensuring that work does not ...Read more


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Is a medical doc or others mental professionals required to keep you alive even if you want to die?

Is a medical doc or others mental professionals required to keep you alive even if you want to die?

Yes: Medical providers generally enter the field of medicine to promote good health and well-being. It is not in our nature or work ethic to cause disease or death. Unless a patient has full mental capacity and can show proof of end of life decisions (polst, dnr etc) we will do everything in our capacity to maintain life and health if ethically appropriate. ...Read more

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Will any doctors do pro bono work if a person can't work and need to get seen to help with ssi?

No: If you are paying the lawyer you also need to pay the doctor. Ask the lawyer if he would work for free. The doctor needs to pay malpractice, and all those forms take a lot of time to fill out plus sometimes they will cite you for a deposition. The days of freebies are OVER ...Read more

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I need to find a psychiatrist who does therapy and is available online or by phone because i'm not physically able to get to an office I have medicare?

I need to find a psychiatrist who does therapy and is available online or by phone because i'm not physically able to get to an office I have medicare?

Access to the office: Most psychiatrists' offices have accommodations for handicapped persons, and medicare provides van transportation to their offices in most states. If you are home bound, you can receive services at home through a home health service and visiting nurses. Online psychiatric services are not approved for all states yet, so you will need to use the resources available to you in your location. ...Read more

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How can you get a diagnosis for mental health issues such as depression when a doctor has told you that you have it?

How can you get a diagnosis for mental health issues such as depression when a doctor has told you that you have it?

See a therapist: Depression may be treated by cognitive-behavioral therapy or with meds. See a therapist ASAP to determine the best course of treatment. Symptoms of depression include sleep and/or appetite disturbance, irritability, negativity, hopelessness, fatigue, lack of motivation, social isolation sadness, tears, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation (If this occurs, get help immediately). ...Read more

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I have an appointment with a mental counselor but will likely need to talk to someone before then. Are there any HealthTap services for mental health?

I have an appointment with a mental counselor but will likely need to talk to someone before then. Are there any HealthTap services for mental health?

Try CONCIERGE: Try HealthTap CONCIERGE. Concierge doctors can see and treat their own patients via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Certain medications (not all) can be prescribed. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can send images while in the middle of a Concierge consultation. (Doctors answering HealthTap BASIC, free questions are providing information only, and do not provide medical care.) ...Read more

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What to do if i'm going for an occupational health check will they want to see my self harm?

Limited exam: Occupational health exams are limited to looking at health issues that effect your ability to do your job. Unless you're in a job where mental health is considered pertinent your history shouldn't matter. Keep in mind that many companies have employee assistance programs so if you're still having problems with hurting yourself you ought to look into getting help. ...Read more

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Do you have to get a referral to see an occupational therapist or can you call one yourself?

Do you have to get a referral to see an occupational therapist or can you call one yourself?

OT referral: Self referral to OT is dependent on the stage you live in, call your state medical society. ...Read more

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Have you been challenged by trying to find a health setting that balanced compassion and competence? What did you do for your family?

Have you been challenged by trying to find a health setting that balanced compassion and competence? What did you do for your family?

Try a slow-paced...: If looking for a doctor who has the time and patience to listen to a patient's story, to take into account all the medical & non-medical issues, and to provide thorough care, one must find an experienced doctor in a slow-paced office setting. Unfortunately in modern american medicine, that setting is going extinct. Physicians face this same situation when looking for care for their family members. ...Read more

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Can you please who may not have heart problems still get an angiogram done?

Can you please who may not have heart problems still get an angiogram done?

Angiogram: It is unlikely an angiogram would be indicated if there were no problems to investigate. ...Read more

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Would it be talking with your doctor, if you're just an anxious person, and want to try medicine?

Would it be talking with your doctor, if you're just an anxious person, and want to try medicine?

Anxiety: If you are anxious the doctor would likely want to obtain more history. He or she might order a thyroid lab test or other tests to insure that your symptoms are not due to an underlying medical problem. The doctor would determine if medications were appropriate. Take care. ...Read more

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What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

Preventative care: Access to good medical care in childhood should set the groundwork for good health later in life - nutrition, exercise, dental health. Children can also be protected against a number of lethal infections and screened for intoxications like lead poisoning. ...Read more

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Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.

Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.

Mental health: I really doubt it - our healthcare is being destroyed right in front of our eyes. Mental health has been denied for many years and along with it the OT. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a mental or physical limitation, why should you trust god?

No easy answer here: Some (not all) people who cannot do everything they would like to because of health problems find comfort in the idea that somehow things are right and this is part of a divine plan for their lives. I suspect everyone here will agree that it's right for you, and those around you, to do everything possible to create opportunities for you despite anything that's currently making things hard. ...Read more

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What if you don t have health insurance and you you think you might possibly have cervical cancer is there people and places that can help me ?

What if you don t have health insurance and you you think you might possibly have cervical cancer is there people and places that can help me ?

Absolutely: If you are in a state with a major university contact them. First and foremost, contact the city health department to give you some assistance. If that doesn't work, ask a friend who knows a physician and see if they can help. First it needs to be confirmed. You need to see a gynecologist. Call your local hospital and see if there is funds for assistance, which usually they are available. ...Read more

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Should i stay with a doctor that keeps guessing around with my health without further evaluation or referral to an speciallist though i'm paying?

Confidence important: The strong relationship between a doctor and a patient depends on confidence. A doctor needs good communication skills to listen and explain. Some doctors are smart but communicate what they are doing poorly, which frustrates the patient. The doctor should be able to explain why they want to do a test or why further testing isn't needed. From your question, it sounds like you need a new doctor. ...Read more

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If you work in health care how do you deal with patients that have aids or hiv? What special precautions?

If you work in health care how do you deal with patients that have aids or hiv?  What special precautions?

Universal precaution: All healthcare workers should be familiar with universal precautions. That is, treat every patient as though they are infected with HIV or hepatitis. If you obey that rule, then you don't have to take any special precautions. You always wear gloves when handling anything that could have body fluids on it, all sharps go in a sharp container regardless if it is from a newborn or a prostitute etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could walk into a hospital and ask to see a doctor for depression or any other mental problem?

Can you tell me if i could walk into a hospital and ask to see a doctor for depression or any other mental problem?

You could, but: Barring emergencies, the best setting for treatment of depression is actually an outpatient clinic. This setting allows you to develop a relationship with your psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist over time. With this, effective treatment can be provided and allow gradual improvement. However if suicidal, you may well need a hospital. ...Read more

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Which career field should you go in if you want to work with sick children?

Many choices: There are many different careers for professionals who work with sick children. Doctors and nurses are obvious, but child life specialists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, social work and psychologists are among the many other choices. Also, health providers of many types can tailor their practice or career to focus on children in particular. ...Read more

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If you no longer go to a MD office and they decide to participate in a health information exchange, how would you know so you could opt out?

If you no longer go to a MD office and they decide to participate in a health information exchange, how would you know so you could opt out?

Good question: My feeling is that if you have not seen this physician for some time or even just yesterday he/she would be reluctant to give out any of your personal health information without your written approval. ...Read more

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Can you work even if an occupational health doctor says unfit?

Probably not: Your employer will probably not allow you to work if the occupational health doctor says no because they will not want to risk you getting worse from your initial work injury. Let the doctor be the expert in this case. ...Read more

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Can my occupational health doctor send me back to work?

Yes: Yes they can, unless you are under workman's comp and that doctor is not your assigned doctor. ...Read more

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Who makes the decision as to when you return to work, occupational health or your doctor?

Both: Your treating doctor will make his recommendation and then occupational health will translate that into how that fits to the work that you do. Ultimately the employer decides whether he is comfortable in letting the employee work. ...Read more

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My gp has signed me off, could company occupational health doctor tel me to go back to work?

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My gp has signed me off, could company occupational health doctor tel me to go back to work?

Yes: Your occupational doctor will use the gps recommendation to write a return to duty recommendation. ...Read more

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What do I say at my occupational health interview?

What do I say at my occupational health interview?

Hazards and concerns: Provide your job title and explain what you do at work and how you do it. Your visit might begin by answering a survey about the presence of hazards in the workplace (e.g., physical or chemical) and personal protective equipment you use. Describe any injuries you've had at work. List your medical conditions and medications. Identify concerns you have about your ability to perform your job safely. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm going for an occupational health check will they want to see my self harm?

Limited exam: Occupational health exams are limited to looking at health issues that effect your ability to do your job. Unless you're in a job where mental health is considered pertinent your history shouldn't matter. Keep in mind that many companies have employee assistance programs so if you're still having problems with hurting yourself you ought to look into getting help. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?

Totally different: Occupational therapy is focused on helping people to be more functional in their lives mainly through how they use tools and their upper extremities. Occupational health has a focus on keeping people safe and healthy in the workplace. ...Read more

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I'm being referred to occupational health, what does this mean will happen to me?

I'm being referred to occupational health, what does this mean will happen to me?

It depends: Occupational health is there to make sure that it is safe for you to work. You may be evaluated for issues that effect how you do your job. ...Read more

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Can occupational health get information from my gp without getting my consent?

Can occupational health get information from my gp without getting my consent?

Usually not: Occupational health acts as an agent of the employer. They have access to all medical information relating to workplace injuries, regardless of employee consent. Other than that they can only see medical information that you give permission for. ...Read more

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Is it weird that my occupational health questionnaire is asking about my sex life?

Is it weird that my occupational health questionnaire is asking about my sex life?

Nope: Your sexual habits have the potential to create opportunities for you to be exposed to various diseases. If your occupation involves exposure to blood and other bodily fluids then this information is important to not only your safety but to the safety of those with whom you work. ...Read more

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Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Probably not: By chemical testing if you mean biological monitoring for effects of workplace toxins, like lead, asbestos, etc., there's no point in doing this if a worker is not exposed to these substances by the nature of their work, even if the toxins exist somewhere else in the workplace. If you mean drug testing, this is a matter of company policy as it pertains to the drug free workplace act. ...Read more

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What exactly is an occupational health screening?

What exactly is an occupational health screening?

Monitors your health: Occupational health screenings are done to make sure that any work conditions or exposures aren't harming employees. ...Read more

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I have scle, can I be referred to occupational health for uv-protective plastic film to go on my windows at home and car?

I have scle, can I be referred to occupational health for uv-protective plastic film to go on my windows at home and car?

SCLE is known to be: A photosensitive dermatosis; so your pcp may be able to rx uv-protective film for home/car or should be willing to refer u to occupational health. Insurance may require proof that u use car for your work other than going to it & back. Check with insurance co. If they will cover the cost & from whom the rx must come as well as other requirements. ...Read more

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Do you know are occupational health assessors lovely folk?

My guess is that: Some may very nice people and some might not be. ...Read more

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Can an occupational health nurse have to have qualifications?

Can an occupational health nurse have to have qualifications?

A specialized field: Occupational health nursing does have specialized training and certification. There is a specialty group aaohn. A nurse can get on the job training too. The field is a good one that growth potential and a lot of job satisfaction. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the duties, responsibilities of an occupational health consultant?

Protect health: An occupational health consultant will be hired to assess conditions in a workplace. There are issues ranging from ergonomics to environmental exposures. The consultant would be responsible for designing programs to monitor exposures, protect health, and maximize efficient and profitable operations. ...Read more

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What is occupational health?

Workplace health: Occupational health focuses on the health of people in the work environment. There are different factors such as environmental exposures, ergonomics, and medical or physical issues that the worker brings into the job place. In the end occupational health keeps employees healthy so they can keep working. ...Read more

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What exactly is occupational health?

Workplace: Occupational health deals with optimizing the workplace to prevent injury, and determining the capability of workers to handle their jobs, especially when first starting or after an absence or injury. ...Read more

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Role of occupational health and safety?

Workplace safety: Osha, or the department of occupational health and safety, keeps the workplace safe for workers and those who come into the work space. They oversee all safety issues, and infectious issues at the office, educate workers on safety issues, and enforce the rules. ...Read more

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What's a occupational health clearance?

What's a occupational health clearance?

Ability to do a job: Many employers require some sort of exam prior to employment to assure that an individual possesses the capability of performing the "essential functions" of a job. Other exams may monitor our health at onset of employment and then periodically during employment to check for adverse effects of workplace exposures, such as to noise or toxic chemcals. Clearance implies all is well. ...Read more

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