The course aims at providing students with: i) scientific and cultural tools concerning the aetiology, the clinic and the criteria for diagnosis of the main work-related diseases; ii) information concerning the criteria for assessing the loss of working ability and the levels of damage, together with the procedures for reporting work-related diseases; iii) information on the meaning and use of the lists of occupational diseases existing in Italy and abroad; iv) occupational diseases in current international classifications (ICD 10) and future (ICD 11); v) essential information regarding the laws in the field of occupational health and safety.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will be able to: i) do the diagnosis of the main work-related diseases together with the related principles of prevention; ii) report an occupational disease through a correct use of the relative lists; iii) address the various problems concerning occupational health and safety, both as object of the laws and as subjects responsible for the application of the laws in the health care system at any level.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
General introduction to Occupational Medicine, risk assessment principles and exposure; occupational exposure limit values, epidemiology and statistics applied to occupational medicine, diseases caused by physical, chemical, biological, biomechanical agents. The risks from mineral and organic dusts with particular attention to asbestos. Allergies. The risks in the health sector. Agriculture and its specificities. Italian and European legislation in the field of occupational medicine.
The latter include discussion of clinical cases and practice in the use of diagnostic and screening devices usually used by the occupational doctor (audiometry, spirometry, Visio Test).
Prerequisites for admission
Recommended prerequisites are to have passed the exams of the first 3 years and the following exams of the fourth: semeiotics 2, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and infectious diseases.
The course consists of lectures and practical exercises.
PA Bertazzi, La Medicina del Lavoro. Raffaello Cortina Editore. Hunter's Diseases of Occupations. Editors Baxter PJ, Aw T-C, Cockcroft A, Durrington P, Harrington JM. Tenth Edition, London: Hodder Arnold, 2010 (advanced textbook) Pocket Textbook: TC Aw, K. Gardenerm, JM Harrington. Pocket Consultant. Occupational Health. Black Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-2221-4; ISBN-10: 1-4051-2218. European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, F4 unit. Information notices on occupational diseases: a guide to diagnosis. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009 ISBN 978-92-79-11483-0; doi 10.2767/38249 (provided without costs by the course coordinator)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test of 30 multiple choice questions (4 answers per question, only one correct). For those admitted: discussion of a clinical case of suspected occupational disease found in the attended department of the hospital and answers to the teacher's questions. The minimum score to be admitted into the oral phase is 18/30. The final mark is obtained as a weighted mean value of the written and oral parts.