Journal article

Occupational contact dermatitis in Australia: diagnostic and management practices, and severity of worker impairment

Tessa Keegel, Bircan Erbas, Jennifer Cahill, Amanda Noonan, Shyamali Dharmage, Rosemary Nixon



The aims of this study were to compare treatment and referral practices between general practitioners (GPs) and dermatologists and to evaluate predictors for occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) disease severity measured in terms of worker impairment. Data were collected from 181 patients recruited for a larger study of OCD. Information about treatment recommendations and usual referral practices are reported for 123 patients. Data from patients, diagnosed with work-related skin disease, were modelled for severity of worker impairment. GPs were more likely to treat a patient independently, referring if the patient did not improve, whereas dermatologists were more likely to refer for patch t..

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