Press Releases

Read the latest ACOEM press releases regarding occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) issues.
Nurses with Inadequate PPE Have Increased Mental Health Symptoms

Lack of proper PPE during COVID-19 is linked to greater anxiety, depression, and PTSD in nurses reports a study in the November issue of JOEM.

What’s the Best Filter for Homemade Masks in Healthcare Settings?

A study to determine the best filters for homemade masks found only 2 of 6 commonly used materials meet industry standards according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

During COVID-19, Job and Financial Worries Are Affecting Mental Health

Even people who are still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, worry about future job loss and its financial impact. This job insecurity is linked to depression, and indirectly related to greater anxiety symptoms due to greater financial concern, reports a study in the September issue of JOEM.

Recommendations for Promoting the Use of Functional Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures in Medical Practice Settings Published

ACOEM and the American Psychological Association in collaboration with NIOSH convened a Patient-reported Functional Status Symposium in June 2019, to discuss and promote the use of functional patient-reported outcomes measures (fPROMs) in all medical practice settings.

Low Leadership Quality Predicts High Risk of Long-Term Sickness Absence

Risk for long-term sickness absence (LTSA) increases by 60 percent where employees rate leadership quality low reports a study in the August issue of JOEM.

In Firefighter Trainees, ‘Mediterranean Lifestyle’ Linked to Lower Health Risks

Firefighters are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study in July's JOEM discusses diet and other changes to help prevent cardiac events in firefighters.

What Drives Corporate Boards to Engage with Occupational Health and Safety?

Occupational health and safety (OHS) faces competition for "a piece of the Boardroom pie," reports a study the June issue of JOEM.

Opioid Use Disorder Carries Health and Productivity Costs for Employers

Medication-assisted treatment reduces excess costs for opioid use disorder (OUD) reports a study the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Occupational Medicine Physicians Can Help Businesses Safely Return Employees to Work

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has launched Getting America Safely Back to Work, an information campaign to advise businesses and the public about the importance of returning to work safely, and the specific role that OEM doctors can and should play in that process.