Criteria for Return to Work

Case Study of Hypertensives
  • Edward K. Chook


This paper presents a step by step crieteria for returning a hypertensive to work. The importance of differential diagnosis of hypertension was discussed in terms of a definitive and proper diagnosis. A table of symptoms was presented to help the determination of the effect of primary hypertension. It was emphasized that in uncomplicated cases of primary hypertension, there is no impairment since impairment is always the result of a complication. Factors influencing prognosis, considerations upon return to work and drug side effects were outlined to guide the industrial physician in the management of the patient upon his return to work. The need for a close cooperative relationship between the patient’s own treating physician and the industrial physician to facilitate the proper treatment and management of an illness was stressed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward K. Chook
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  1. 1.Department of the Army, Occupational Health DivisionU.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Ag.Edgewood ArsenalUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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