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J Rheumatol. 2001 Jul;28(7):1718-22.

Markers for work disability in rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Jyvaskyla Central Hospital, Department of Medicine, Finland.

Abstract

Work disability is common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and accounts for a large fraction of its costs. People with RA who are work disabled have more joint involvement, radiographic damage, and/or laboratory abnormalities than people who are working. However, analysis of predictive and associative markers in 15 studies of work disability indicate that the demographic variables, such as age, occupation, level of education, and duration of disease, as well as functional status in activities of daily living (ADL) identified on a patient questionnaire, appear to identify work status more than physiological variables. Work disability results from complex interactions of a medical disease, demographic variables, social conditions, and government policies. Some patients with RA are work disabled before they see a rheumatologist. Improved work disability outcomes in RA will require attention to social, economic, and political issues, and wider physician and public education concerning RA, in addition to improved medical management of disease.

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