Health in the workplace: prevention goes global

a globe resting on a stethoscope symbolising global health

Today marks the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organisation has designated 2015 as the year for governments, employers and employees to “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH [Occupational Safety and Health][i]”, with priority given to preventing injury and illness. Best Doctors looks at ways that employers are embracing best prevention practices.

While a large part of preventive workplace safety and health measures is dedicated to on-the-job safety, such as the correct operation and maintenance of machinery and ensuring a hygienic and toxin-free working environment, prevention also includes providing employees with reliable resources for support and advice when it comes to their health concerns. Such resources may take the form of on-site facilities or may be included as part of an employee benefits package. A global approach to health Preventive measures can also be strengthened through the corporate culture that a company transmits and shares with its employees. According to a recent article in Read more

Is there a lack of communication between doctor and patient?

Are we lost for words when we are in the presence of our doctor? It is certainly something that can take place, even in people who are not overly impressionable.

Matthew J. Press, public health specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, has given a name to this situation, “the silence of the white coat,” based on the more widely known “white coat syndrome,” a phenomenon that affects 30% of patients. This occurs when a patient’s nerves shoot up at the time of having their blood pressure measured, which in turn causes the hypertension (high blood pressure) results to rocket, therefore not reflecting accurate findings.

Let us go over the factors that may make us feel awkward in the communication process with our doctor: -  Anxiety: visiting the doctor becomes a really traumatic process for some people.  -  Fear: each time we visit our doctor, we face a possible negative diagnosis. - Intimidation: depending on the position of power of the doctor, their communication skills and degree of empathy with their patients. - Vulnerability: when we feel sick, not only our physical but also our psychological defenses are weakened, and this may become an obstacle when relating to other people. Do we understand everything our doctor tells us? “No” is the Read more