Marie-Christine J. Plat

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BACKGROUND Clinimetric data for the fire fighting simulation test (FFST), a new test proposed for the Workers' Health Surveillance (WHS) of Dutch fire fighters, were evaluated. METHODS Twenty-one fire fighters took the FFST three times with one and three weeks between testing. Clinimetric quality was determined by means of reliability, agreement and(More)
PURPOSE Some occupations have tasks and activities that require monitoring safety and health aspects of the job; examples of such occupations are emergency services personnel and military personnel. The two objectives of this systematic review were to describe (1) the existing job-specific workers' health surveillance (WHS) activities and (2) the(More)
PURPOSE A new job-specific test for fire fighters, the stair-climb test (FFstair-climb) was evaluated for reproducibility and validity for use in future workers' health surveillance. METHODS The FFstair-climb was performed at three times by 20 male fire fighters (one and three weeks in between test and retest) to examine the reliability and agreement. An(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to study the impact of chronic diseases on work ability in different age groups of Dutch firefighters. METHODS Firefighters filled out a questionnaire about the presence of nine types of chronic diseases and rated their current work ability (0 unable to 10 best ever). The differences in work ability in firefighters in(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether certain subgroups of fire fighters are prone to work-related diminished health requirements. METHODS The health requirements for fire-fighting were tested in a workers' health surveillance (WHS) setting. These health requirements included psychological, physical and sense-related components as well as cardiovascular risk(More)
The objective was to assess the diminished health status of firefighters in the Netherlands. Two hundred and seventy-eight firefighters were tested during a workers' health surveillance. Psychological, physical, sense-related and cardiovascular markers vital to job performance were investigated and the relative frequency of deficiencies in health markers(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to test the feasibility and acceptability of a new workers' health surveillance (WHS) for fire fighters in a Dutch pilot-implementation project. METHODS In three fire departments, between November 2007 and February 2009, feasibility was tested with respect to i) worker intent to change health and behavior; ii)(More)
INTRODUCTION Care for battle casualties demands special skills from medics, nurses, and tactical commanders. To date, no inventory has been performed evaluating the first responders (medics, nurses and tactical commanders) around battle casualties. METHOD This observational cohort study was conducted amongst the first responders (n=195) who were deployed(More)
OBJECTIVE This study i) describes the number of police personnel with PTSD who are working and those who are on sick leave before and after an out-patient-clinic treatment program and ii) examines which factors are related to return to work. PARTICIPANTS Police personnel treated for PTSD (n=121). METHODS In this retrospective study all police officers(More)
OBJECTIVES Units deployed to armed conflicts are at high risk for exposure to combat events. Many battle casualties (BCs) have been reported in the recent deployment to Afghanistan. The long-term impact of these combat injuries, at their five-year end point, is currently unknown. To date, no systematic inventory has been performed of an identified group of(More)