Use of Framingham Risk Score as a Clinical Tool for the Assessment of Fitness for Work

Results From a Cohort Study
Objective: The aim of this study is to validate the use of the Framingham Risk Score (FRS) as clinical tool to predict the risk of diagnosis of unsuitability for work in a cohort of Italian workers.
Methods: A cohort of workers has been observed from January 2006 to March 2014. FRS was calculated at each visit. Health surveillance diagnosis of unsuitability for work was selected as outcome.
Results: Two thousand eight hundred fifty seven workers were observed, 58.9% were men, mean age was 51.6 (±6.7), the mean FRS was 15.1% (±10.7%). Increased values of FRS at baseline were associated with increased rate of diagnosis of unsuitability for work (Hazard ratio [HR], 11.2, 95%CI, 3.3 to 37.8).
Conclusions: FRS is a strong predictor of diagnosis of unsuitability for work and should be used as a clinical tool for the assessment of fitness for work in health surveillance.

Source: Palladino, Raffaele; Caporale, Oreste; Nardone, Antonio; Fiorentino, Denise; Torre, Ida; Triassi, Maria. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: August 2016, Volume 58, Issue 8, p. 805-809.

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