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Journal of Allergy
Volume 2011, Article ID 170693, 4 pages
Research Article

Workers with Occupational Contact Dermatitis: Work Outcomes and Return to Work Process in the First Six Months following Diagnosis

Department of Occupational Health and Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital and the Department of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 30 Bond Street Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1W8

Received 2 December 2010; Accepted 8 March 2011

Academic Editor: Fabienne Rancé

Copyright © 2011 D. Linn Holness. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Workers with occupational contact dermatitis may have poor outcomes that impact their health, work, and quality of life. While there is information available on overall return to work, little is known about the actual return to work process. The objectives of the study were to describe the return to work experience and work outcome in workers with contact dermatitis following diagnosis. 78 workers with occupational contact dermatitis were followed for 6 months after assessment. Information collected included clinical presentation and status, the return to work process and work outcomes. Six months after assessment, 38% were not working, almost all because of their skin problem. Of the 62% working 32% had changed job, most because of their skin problem. Limited advice to enable return to work and communication were reported. These findings suggest that there are gaps in return to work programs for occupational contact dermatitis and further research is needed.