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Eur J Dermatol. 2013 Apr 1;23(2):208-11. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2013.1969.

Influence of psoriasis on work.

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Department of Dermatology, Turku University Hospital, University of Turku, Lemminkäisenkatu 1, 20014 University of Turku, Turku, Finland. kamatt@utu.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous research indicates that psoriasis has an impact on early retirement, sick leave days and reduced work performance.

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the disadvantages at work caused by psoriasis.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The sample was based on patients visiting the dermatology outpatient clinic in Turku University Hospital. 262 returned a mailed questionnaire. The subjects were asked how many hours they were on a sick leave (absenteeism) and working while sick (presenteeism) due to psoriasis and other health reasons.

RESULTS:

Of the retired, 17.0% felt they were retired due to psoriasis. Those in the active work force reported on average 4.5 hours absenteeism and 8.3 hours of presenteeism due to psoriasis during the last 4 weeks. Psoriasis caused 27.0% of the total absenteeism and 39.0% of presenteeism. More than a quarter (28.9%) had been forced to modify their work due to psoriasis, most frequently to make the work less irritating for the skin.

CONCLUSION:

Psoriasis has a negative effect on patients' work in many ways, causing early retirement from work, sick leave days, change of occupation and work modifications.

KEYWORDS:

absenteeism; presenteeism; psoriasis; work

PMID:
23558018
DOI:
10.1684/ejd.2013.1969
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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