Table 2

Differences in scores between geographical areas (1–27 topics)

Macro sector Topic identified Rank Mean score Mean score in northern Italy Mean score in central Italy Mean score in southern Italy Significance of differences between mean score in north, centre, and south (*95% CI and **99% CI)
DOccupational carcinogenesis14.324.334.34.38
EQuality in occupational medicine24.154.074.194.21
DExposure to low doses and multiple exposure343.974.063.94
EWorker information, education, and participation43.893.663.944.17 *(South>north)
EOrganisation, strategies, and optimisation of prevention and safety services at the workplace53.873.843.824
EBiological monitoring: identification of markers for low dose exposure63.833.843.813.85
ANew work related diseases73.773.773.693.94
EMedical surveillance and work ability criteria73.773.713.793.85
AWork accidents93.753.533.893.88
BElectromagnetic fields103.693.673.534.02 *(South>centre)
EWork organisation and new types of work113.663.533.83.6
AMusculoskeletal and repetitive trauma disorders123.643.753.673.42
CHealthcare and hospital sector133.613.513.613.79
BAsbestos substitute fibres143.553.513.653.5
DIndividual susceptibility and development of susceptibility indicators153.533.613.553.36
AOccupational allergies163.463.583.513.23
BBiological agents173.443.443.363.56
AOccupational asthma and respiratory diseases183.433.43.443.48
CAgriculture193.383.153.293.88 **(South>north)
**(South>centre)
BLoad handling203.363.383.423.23
CSpecial populations at risk (elderly, minor, and disabled people)213.333.263.543.1 *(Centre>south)
BOccupational exposure to urban chemical pollutants223.323.193.353.48
DMechanisms of action of occupational stress and occurrence of diseases223.323.43.33.26
AReproductive and pregnancy disorders243.313.33.423.1
EMethods of assessing and measuring occupational stress253.293.343.263.28
CAir quality and indoor environments263.142.963.143.44 *(South>north)
DMechanisms of skin absorption of xenobiotics272.932.922.992.85