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J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Oct;50(10):1149-57. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181895e10.

Impaired work performance among women with symptomatic uterine fibroids.

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Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Boston, MA 02111, USA. dlerner@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Erratum in

  • J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Oct;52(10):e1. Mirza, Fadi [corrected to Mirza, Fadi G].

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the work impact of symptomatic uterine fibroids (UFs).

METHODS:

A cohort study compared 58 employed women with symptomatic UFs to 56 healthy controls. Data sources included a self-administered mail questionnaire and medical charts. At-work performance limitations and productivity loss were measured with the Work Limitations Questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate case-control group differences were tested.

RESULTS:

Based on adjusted mean scores, the UF group had significantly more at-work limitations and productivity loss than controls, while absence rates were similar. The UF group's performance was impaired 18% of the time on average versus 8% for controls (P-values, 0.005-0.040). At-work limitations were explained by depression symptoms, Non-White race/ethnicity, and poorer health-related quality of life.

CONCLUSIONS:

Fibroids and related symptoms impose a burden on the working lives' of women, their employers, and the economy.

PMID:
18849760
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181895e10
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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