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October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3)

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OM competencies

A literature review on competencies in occupational medicine found 20 peer-reviewed papers meeting evidence-quality criteria. Published standards of competence tend to be derived from peer review, or Delphic, methods and there is no ‘valid research-derived evidence base to support the setting of standards of competence required for accreditation as a specialist in occupational medicine’. There is no current international consensus either on what occupational physicians do or on their educational requirements. The authors call for an EU working group to agree competencies.

Occupational Medicine 2007; 57: 342–348.  http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/57/5/342.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3) pp40