Prof Francesco Chirico, MD, Prof - Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale, Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy - Official Doctor

Prof Francesco Chirico

MD, Prof

Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale, Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy

Official Doctor

Milan, Lombardia | Italy

Main Specialties: Preventive Medicine

Additional Specialties: Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Psychology, Radioprotection, Healthcare Management

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Prof Francesco Chirico, MD, Prof - Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale, Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy - Official Doctor

Prof Francesco Chirico

MD, Prof

Introduction

Adjunct Professor of Occupational Epidemiology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
Official Doctor at Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy.
Specialization in Occupational Medicine and Medical Doctor in Radioprotection.
2nd level of University Master in Health Care Management.
Lead Auditor OHSAS 18001, Member of the International Register Certified Auditors (IRCA).
Teacher at the Italian Police State School for Health and Safety Managers (Scuola POL.G.A.I Brescia, Italy).
Co-Founder and Scientific Director Journal of Health and Social Sciences
Scientific Director "Psychology and Occupational Medicine" books, FS Publisher, Milan, Italy

Primary Affiliation: Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale, Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy - Milan, Lombardia , Italy

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Education

Feb 2017
University "Niccolò Cusano", Rome, Italy
2 nd level Master in HealthCare Management
Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Cusano University
Healthcare Management 2nd Level Master
Jun 2005
Italian Ministry of Labour, Rome, Italy
Expert in Radioprotection
Oct 2000 - Oct 2004
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Sede di Roma
Medicine and Sugery
Occupational Health
Oct 2004
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma
Post graduate Specialization in Occupational Medicine
50/50 cum laude
Oct 2000
University of Messina
Degree in Medicine
110/110 cum laude

Experience

Jan 2016
Journal of Health and Social Sciences
Scientific Director
Jan 2016
Journal of Health and Social Sciences
Co Founder Editor in Chief
Sep 2018
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Adjunct Professor
Department of Women/Child & Public Health Sciences
Mar 2008
Ministry of Interior, Italy
Official Doctor, MD
Health Service Department, State Police

Publications

23Publications

70Reads

211Profile Views

4PubMed Central Citations

The significant role of health surveillance in the occupational heat stress assessment.

Int J Biometeorol 2019 Feb 5;63(2):193-194. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Occupational Health Section of the Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo F. Vito 1, 00168, Rome, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-1651-yDOI Listing
February 2019
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[Is burnout a syndrome or an occupational disease? Instructions for occupational physicians].

Epidemiol Prev 2017 Sep-Dec;41(5-6):294-298

Centro sanitario polifunzionale di Milano, Servizio sanitario della Polizia di stato, Ministero dell'interno.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.19191/EP17.5-6.P294.089DOI Listing
July 2018
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1.460 Impact Factor

May the gross domestic product growth be a valid indicator of decent work?

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F Chirico

Ann Ig 2017 Jul-Aug;29(4):332-335

State Police Health Service Department, Ministry of Interior, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.7416/ai.2017.2160DOI Listing
June 2018
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Comments on "Climate Change and Public Health: A Small Frame Obscures the Picture".

New Solut 2018 05 8;28(1):5-7. Epub 2018 Jan 8.

1 Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale of Milano, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1048291117752463DOI Listing
May 2018
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The forgotten realm of the new and emerging psychosocial risk factors.

J Occup Health 2017 Sep 17;59(5):433-435. Epub 2017 Aug 17.

Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1539/joh.17-0111-OPDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5635152PMC
September 2017
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1 Citation
1.100 Impact Factor

"Predatory Journals" or "Predatory Scholars?" The Essential Role of the Peer Review Process.

Int J Occup Environ Med 2017 07;8(3):186-188

Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interiori, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.15171/ijoem.2017.1082DOI Listing
July 2017
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Religious Belief and Mental Health in Lay and Consecrated Italian Teachers.

J Relig Health 2017 Jun;56(3):839-851

Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale, Milan, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0242-7DOI Listing
June 2017
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Health Surveillance in Italian workers formerly exposed to asbestos: a call to action for policy makers.

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Ann Ig 2016 Sep-Oct;28(5):373-5

Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.7416/ai.2016.2118DOI Listing
May 2017
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Job stress models for predicting burnout syndrome: a review.

Ann Ist Super Sanita 2016 Jul-Sep;52(3):443-456

Servizio Sanitario della Polizia di Stato, Ministero dell'Interno, Rome, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_16_03_17DOI Listing
April 2017
40 Reads
2 Citations
0.773 Impact Factor

Vaccinations and media: An on-going challenge for policy makers

Chirico F. Vaccinations and media: An on-going challenge for policy makers. J Health Soc Sci. 2017;2(1):9-18.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

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March 2017
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Prevalence and risk factors for Sick Building Syndrome among Italian correctional officers: A pilot study

Chirico F. Prevalence and risk factors for Sick Building Syndrome among Italian correctional officers: A pilot study. J Health Soc Sci. 2017;2(1):31-46.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

Introduction: Over the past two decades, numerous studies on indoor air and the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) have been conducted, mostly in office environments. However, there is little knowledge about SBS in police officers. This study was aimed to fill this gap.Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in 2016 at the Triveneto Penitentiary Cen-ter, Northern Italy. Chi-square was used to test the difference of prevalence between office workers (OWs) and correctional officers (COs) of personal characteristics, cases of SBS, and general and mucocutaneous symptoms associated with SBS. A binary logistic regression was used to identify among individual, en-vironmental, and psychosocial characteristics, factors associated with correctional officers’ Sick Building Syndrome. Results: Chi-squared analyses revealed that there were statistically significant differences in the estimated prevalence of SBS general symptoms (χ2 (1) = 12.22, P < .05), SBS mucocutaneous symptoms (χ2 (1) = 9.04, P < .05), and cases of SBS (χ2 (1) = 4.39, P <.05) between COs and OWs. COs reported that their health had been affected by the passive smoking (β = 2.34, P < .05) and unpleasant odour (β = 2.51, P < .05) as environmental risk factors; work-family conflict (β = 2.14, P < .05), psychological and physical isolation (β= 2.07, P < .05), and negative public image (β = 2.06, P < .05) as psychosocial risk factors. Finally, atopy (β = 2.02, P < .05) and to be current smoker (β = 2.02, P < .05) were statistically significant behavioral predictors of SBS among correctional officers.Discussion: Our survey showed that symptoms compatible with the sick building syndrome are common in correctional officers and that psychosocial work climate and exposure to passive smoking could have a strong influence on the prevalence of both general and mucocutaneous symptoms associated with SBS. A health policy for passive tobacco smoking within prisons, and for work-related stress management among COs could improve occupational wellness and decrease potential SBS symptoms among COs.

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March 2017
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Lavoro a turni ed ipertensione arteriosa in una popolazione di un'industria chimica lombarda

Taino G. Chirico F. Oddone E. Imbriani M. Lavoro a turni ed ipertensione arteriosa in una popolazione di un'industria chimica lombarda. G Ital Med Lav Erg. 2016;38(3):185.

Abstract In letteratura è ampiamente riconosciuto come il lavoro a turni e il lavoro notturno siano fattori di rischio favorenti l’insorgenza di ipertensione arteriosa. Nel presente studio è stata ipotizzata l’esistenza di una differenza significativa nella prevalenza di ipertensione arteriosa nei lavoratori “turnisti” rispetto ai lavoratori “in giornata” di un’azienda del settore chimico. Sono stati arruolati tutti i dipendenti di sesso maschile operanti presso un’industria chimica lombarda, seguiti in corso di campagna di sorveglianza sanitaria con periodicità semestrale. Il campione era composto da 132 lavoratori, dei quali 75 turnisti (impiegati sia in turni “giornalieri” sia in turni “notturni”) e 57 non turnisti. Il nostro lavoro ha mostrato un’associazione statisticamente significativa tra il “lavoro a turni” e l’ipertensione arteriosa nei lavoratori di età compresa tra i 50 ed i 59 anni, vale a dire nella fascia di età lavorativa nella quale si presenta con maggiore prevalenza l’ipertensione arteriosa che, come noto, rappresenta la manifestazione di un progressivo deterioramento dei complessi meccanismi di regolazione e di controllo dei valori pressori, anche sotto l’azione del lavoro notturno e a turni. Questo studio evidenzia, inoltre, come la sorveglianza sanitaria possa essere utile per l’attività di ricerca e di prevenzione in tale campo ed uno strumento per la promozione di stili di vita favorevoli alla prevenzione dell’ipertensione arteriosa soprattutto nei lavoratori turnisti.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308404540_Lavoro_a_turni_ed_ipertensione_arteriosa_in_una_popolazione_di_un%27industria_chimica_lombarda

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November 2016
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Examining physical training versus physical and mental training programmes in Swimrun semi-professional athletes: A randomised, controlled, trial

Ferrari G. Chirico F. Rasà G. Examining physical training versus physical and mental training programmes in Swimrun semi-professional athletes: A randomised, controlled, trial. J Health Soc Sci.2016;1(3):199-210.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify the effect of two psychological interventions, named ‘Mental imagery’ and ‘Motivational self-talk’ training used in combination, on perceived excertion and flow state in a sample of Swimrun semi-professional athletes. Methods: Thirty male semi-professional athletes, enrolled for a Swimrun competition, were randomly selected into an experimental group (EXP) and a control group (CON). The modified Borg Scale of Perceived Exertion (RPE) and the Flow State Scale (FSS) were the dependent variables. Before a Swimrun competition, the EXP Group performed both physical and mental training programs, while the CON group only performed a physical training program. Immediately after the race, we measured the dependent variables in both groups. Results: The results of unpaired-t test showed that levels of perceived exertion were less in EXP group than CON group, (t(28) = 12.87, P < .001), while levels of flow state were higher in EXP group than CON group (t(28) = 5.96, P < .001), immediately after the end of the endurance competition. The use of both mental imagery and self-talk training in order to reduce perceived exertion and improve flow state was supported (P < .001). Discussion and Conclusion: The findings of this study support the psychobiological model of endurance performance. Our research is the first to demonstrate that mental imagery used in combination with motivational self-talk can reduce the perceived exertion and improve the flow state in Swimrun athletes during their endurance performance.

http://journalhss.com/wp-content/uploads/JHHS13_199-210.pdf

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November 2016
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The migrant nightmare: Addressing disparities is a key challenge for developed nations

Chirico F. The migrant nightmare: Addressing disparities is a key challenge for developed nations. J Health Soc Sci. 2016;1(3):165-172. DOI: 10.19204/2016/thmg19.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

EditorialThe benefits of economic growth over the last 25 years have been unequally distributed [1]. The gap between rich and poor is at its highest level in most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in 30 years. Today, the wealthiest 10 percent of the population in the OECD areas earns 9.5 times more than the poorest 10 percent [2]. Economic inequality, also called ‘income inequality’ or ‘wealth inequality’, indicates those differences in terms of different measures of economic well-being among people within and among countries. These inequalities lead to high rates of health and social problems, and low rates of social goods. Health and social problems include high levels of obesity, mental illness, homicides, teenage births, incarceration, children affected by armed conflict and drug use. Low rates of social goods translate to low levels of life expectancy by country, educational performance, trust among strangers, women’s status and social mobility [3]. Greater economic inequality seems to be related to worse health outcomes, ranging from lowered life expectancy to infant mortality and obesity. Therefore, poor health and poverty do go hand-in-hand, mainly because inequality reduces social cohesion, which leads to widespread stress, fear and insecurity for everyone [4].

http://journalhss.com/wp-content/uploads/JHHS13_165-172.pdf

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November 2016
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Avoiding the apocalypse: a call for global action

Chirico F. Avoiding the apocalypse: a call for global action. J Health Soc Sci. 2016;1(2):87-90. DOI: 10.19204/2016/avdn10

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

According to an authoritative report published at the beginning of the 21th century, in the coming century the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will have to face the real risk of being subjected to potentially catastrophic events [1]. The quick climate change, leading to wind storms and floods across Europe, ice storms in Canada, and global warming; the emergence of new forms of contagious and deadly infectious diseases such as AIDS and Ebola; terrorist attacks such as that of 11 September 2001 in the United States along with armed conflicts; devastating earthquakes such as the one in 2011 in Fukushima, Japan that caused the third largest nuclear accident in history; as well as a long list of other horrific environmental disasters to which we are witnesses every day, cannot fail to have a strong negative impact on the lives, health and well-being of all the world’s peoples.

http://journalhss.com/wp-content/uploads/JHHS1287-90.pdf

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July 2016
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[STRATEGY AND METHODS FOR THE RISK ASSESSMENT OF THERMAL COMFORT IN THE WORKPLACE].

G Ital Med Lav Ergon 2015 Oct-Dec;37(4):220-33

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March 2016
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Spiritual well-being in the 21st century: It is time to review the current WHO’s health definition

Chirico F. Spiritual well-being in the 21st century: It is time to review the current WHO’s health definition. J Health Soc Sci. 2016;1(1): 11-16. DOI: 10.19204/2016/sprt2

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

Abstract Over the years, some critics argue that the dimension of spiritual well-being was missing from the World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of health. Nevertheless, although the WHO's definition has been criticized over the past 60 years, it has never been adapted. Spiritual well-being should not be confused with psychological well-being. Moreover, spirituality, personal beliefs and religiousness are not synonymous. Spirituality has received much interest in health care services; it can improve strategies for managing stress and can positively influence immune, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels), hormonal, and nervous systems. For this reason, it may be implicated in a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, and I believe it's time to review the WHO's health definition, adding to it the 'spiritual well-being' dimension.

http://journalhss.com/wp-content/uploads/JHHS1111-16.pdf

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March 2016
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Welcome to the Journal of Health and Social Sciences

Chirico F. Welcome to the Journal of Health and Social Sciences. J Health Soc Sci. 2016;1(1):9-10. DOI: 10.19204/2016/wlcm1

Journal of Health and Social Sciences

Dear Readers, It gives us enormous pleasure to officially launch the inaugural issue of the Journal of Health and Social Sciences. The Journal is an interdisciplinary, open access journal that focuses on the medical and health sciences. Topics of interest to the journal include all branches of medicine and other disciplines related to health such as psychology, social sciences and public, occupational and environmental sciences. According to the World Health Organization’s definition, health is ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ [1]. Therefore, the leitmotiv throughout Journal of Health and Social Sciences will be “health” in every way.

http://journalhss.com/wp-content/uploads/JHHS119-10-2.pdf

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March 2016
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Adjustment Disorder as an Occupational Disease: Our Experience in Italy.

Int J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jan;7(1):52-7.

Int J Occup Environ Med

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January 2016
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[The assessment of psychosocial risk: only "work-related stress" or something else?].

Med Lav 2015 Jan 9;106(1):65-6. Epub 2015 Jan 9.

Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale di Milano Polizia di Stato.

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January 2015
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Adjustment Disorders in DSM-5: Implications for Occupational Health Surveillance

Chirico F. Adjustment Disorders in DSM-5: Implications for Occupational Health Surveillance. Acta Psychopathologica. 2015;1(2):14. DOI: 10.4172/2469-6676.100014

Acta Psychopathologica

Abstract Work-related stress is experienced when the demands of the work environment exceed the employees’ ability to cope with (or control) them. Recently, in DSM-5, disorders which are precipitated by specific stressful and potentially traumatic events in the workplaces are included in a new diagnostic category, “Trauma and Stress-related Disorders”, which includes both Adjustment Disorders (Ads) and PTSD. Adjustment disorder is a common diagnosis in psychiatric settings and carries a significant rate of morbidity. Nevertheless, until now, despite its relative frequency, adjustment disorder has been poorly covered in the literature; this diagnostic category has been the subject of criticism. Occupational Health Surveillance could reduce the misdiagnosis of AD and, simultaneously, improve the research on “workrelated stress disorders”. Keywords: Adjustment disorder; Work-related stress disorders; DSM-5; Occupational health surveillance

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283009480_Adjustment_Disorders_in_DSM-5_Implications_for_Occupational_Health_Surveillance

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January 2015
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Evaluation of gasoline exposure during the tankers loading in two storage gas plants

Castagnoli A, Chirico F, Vendramin G. Evaluation of gasoline exposure during the tankers loading in two storage gas plants. G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2007 Jul-Sep;29(3Suppl):715-7.

Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia

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July 2007
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Nicola Magnavita
Nicola Magnavita

Institute of Occupational Medicine

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