Occupational History and the Relevance to the Medical Practitioner
The purpose of this template is to provide a permanent record of hazardous exposure to a patient and to assist in identifying current risks from that exposure that may in time lead to a disease. It may be useful as a teaching tool within the doctor patient interaction. It will also assist in the prevention of work-related diseases.
Diseases related to hazardous exposures are preventable. In many cases the cause of a disease goes undetected. In other cases the length of time between exposures and the development of a disease is so long that the exposure is often forgotten and the record keeping of an exposure is invaluable in determining the cause of the illness.