Evaluation of fitness for work in a Case with COPD

Demirci Atik M., Coşkun Beyan A., Çımrın A. H.

Respiratory Case Reports, vol.10, no.1, pp.41-46, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/respircase.2021.05668
  • Journal Name: Respiratory Case Reports
  • Journal Indexes: EBSCO Education Source, EMBASE, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-46
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Today, approximately 25% of the working populations have at least one chronic disease, and so the delineation “fitness for work” is quite important. The process for the evaluation of fitness for work is evaluated in this paper, alongside a detailed work analysis and a further functional evaluation of an employee who presented to our work and occupational illnesses clinic with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A 39-year-old male with the diagnosis of COPD, who was employed at a rim factory, was subjected to a cardiopulmonary exercise test, and a work analysis revealed that the energy requirement of the work was above the acceptable limits for the case. The smoke, dust and metal identified in the environment were thought to contribute to the exacerbation and progression of COPD. Modifications to the patients work to suit his cardiopulmonary capacity, and reducing the defined risks was suggested. Evaluating work compatibility is an important area of study requiring the collaboration of many disciplines, and occupational disease specialists in particular, with the am being to protect the health of the workforce and the continuity of works.