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TERTIARY PREVENTION

Primary and secondary prevention programs in occupational health decrease the


number of workers permanently disabled but do not eliminate the need for tertiary
prevention.

Rehabilitation efforts are directed towards workers disabled by occupational and nonoccupational problems. These efforts include evaluation of the current status,
enhancement of employability, and appropriate job placement of employees.

The service of such discipline as physical, occupational and speech therapy, vocational
training, chronic pain clinics, and remedial reading and mathematics program may be
enlisted.

REFERRAL TO COMMUNITY RESOURCE

The occupational health nurse enhances their practice through the development of a
network of appropriate community resources. Appropriate referral and follow up more
comprehensive, cost effective service to workers.

For instance, occupational health nurse frequently deal with workers experiencing
situational stress.

Referral to community support group for divorced person or single parents may be
appropriate to others. Additional sources may include services for career counseling,
vocational training, day care of children, emergency medical care, and child and
womens protection unit.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

Assessment of program to determine benefits in terms of decreasing loss of productivity


related to employee health problems is carried out.
> For example: When an occupational health program demonstrates an increase in
worker productivity. Occupational professionals are expected to justify their
programs goals and cost.