Criteria for review and selection

1. Selection of abstracts

The research digest will be published bi-monthly. Topics deemed important for improving the quality or standard of the practice of occupational health will be considered for abstracting. Only topics relevant to UK occupational health practice will be included.

2. Quality assessment


  • The paper must have a clearly focused aim or research question
  • The research design must be appropriate for the research question

Prevention or treatment; quality improvement

  • Random allocation of participants to interventions
  • Outcome measures of known or probable importance for >75% of the participants who entered the investigation

Diagnostic/cohort studies

  • The inception cohort must be clearly defined as must the outcome of interest
  • Follow up of >75% of individuals until the occurrence of either a major study endpoint or the end of the study.


  • Observations concerning the relation between exposures and putative outcome
  •  Prospective data collection with clearly identified comparison group(s) for those at risk for the outcome of interest.

Economics of health care programmes or interventions

  • The alternative diagnostic or treatment services or quality improvement strategies must be compared on the basis of both the outcomes they produce (effectiveness) and the resources they consume (cost).

Systematic reviews

  • The clinical topics being reviewed must be clearly stated; there must be a description of how the evidence on the topic was tracked down, from what sources, and with what inclusion and exclusion criteria.

3. Research sources


American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Journal of Public Health
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
BMC Health Services Research BioMed Central
British Journal of Dermatology
British Journal of General Practice
Journal of the Canadian Medical Association
Clinical Biomechanics
Environmental Health Perspectives National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Health Ergonomics
European Journal of Clinical Investigation
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
International Journal of Dermatology
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health
Italian Journal of Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene (La Medicina del Lavoro)
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Society For The Experimental Analysis Of Behavior
Journal of Clinical Investigation
American Society for Clinical Investigation
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Journal of Public Health
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Journal of Viral Hepatitis Blackwell Scientific Publications
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New England Journal of Medicine
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Reports
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
The Lancet


Health and Safety Executive
Department for Work and Pensions
Disability Rights Commission
British Occupational Health Research Foundation
International Commission on Occupational Health
Health Protection Agency
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
National Institute for Working Life, Sweden

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