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iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Title
iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Editor
Eugenia Giannopoulou
ISSN
2309-3528
Publisher
iConcept Press

iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

The Experience of Miners Relocated to Alternative Positions due to Silicosis

by Diemen Delgado García , Fabian Delgado García , Oscar Ramírez Yerba and Irma Patricia Cano

Volume: 2 (2013); Issue: 9

Abstract

Objective: To understand the personal experiences of job relocation of mine workers with silicosis from the Andina division of CODELCO-Chile with the purpose of providing useful information for the development of new local, business and public policies for the care of workers with silicosis. Methodology: A qualitative study with a practical case studies of five workers. The information was collected by means of structured individual interviews. The method of analysis was phenomenological. Results: The corporal axis was the most commented upon. It included awareness of the illness, body pains, fatigue, antagonistic mood disorders such as sadness, or the difficulty in finding meaning in life. As far as personal relationships, there was evidence of strong relationships with family, coworkers and friends as well as extended family. Over all, the experience was positive with periods of impatience and uncertainty. The job reassignment provided a new and pleasant context for the relocated workers and in the process improved the perception of their quality of life. Conclusions: The mine worker relocated because of silicosis should be attended by a multidisciplinary team in addressing the mental and physical aspects of their disease, along with the integral participation of the close family members. It is suggested that this investigation be maintain over time to record the personal experiences in the medium-term, adding new cases with the intention of shedding more light on the phenomenon being studied. As a preventive measure, continual workshops on the use of respiratory protection as well as the formation of a group of monitors.

Author Details

Diemen Delgado García
Graduate School, Scientific University of the South, Perú, Perú
Fabian Delgado García
Graduate School, Scientific University of the South, Lima, Perú, Perú
Oscar Ramírez Yerba
Graduate School, Scientific University of the South, Lima, Perú, Perú
Irma Patricia Cano
Graduate School, Scientific University of the South, Lima, Perú, Perú

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