What Does Surveillance of Work Related & Occupational Respiratory Diseases (SWORD) Mean?
SWORD is an acronym which stands for Surveillance of Work Related & Occupational Respiratory Diseases. It is a reporting system set up by the British Thoracic Society in order to report on respiratory diseases that are work related. SWORD was established in 1991. British chest physicians now complete details of new patients who have occupational lung disease. These must be regularly reported to a project coordinator. The identify of those being reported on is confidential under the scheme.