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Minerva Medicolegale 2014 March;134(1):45-51

language: Italian

Relationship between work ability and physical well-being. Concepts for the medicolegal physician

Raviele M.

Fisioterapista, Piccola Casa della Divina Provvidenza, Ospedale Cottolengo, Torino, Italia


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The parameters the medicolegal physician assesses in health impairment refer to work capacity: physical impairment in general and quantification of impairment compensation benefits specifically. Work ability is closely linked to psychophysical well-being, which constitutes a basic element of a person’s fitness, capacity, and ability to work. The Italian Constitution guarantees the right to work and protects persons with impairments that limit their insertion in the labor market, in keeping with the concept that well-being is attained through gainful employment and that work will produce physical well-being without the chronic wear and tear of repeated damage, performance beyond one’s capacities, or disqualification. Because there is a correct balance between work and well-being, the interaction between health status and work must be assessed and determined. The present study provides the medicolegal physician with additional parameters for defining and quantifying health impairments.

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