Work Loss in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can We Prevent It?

Lacaille, Diane
December 2009
International Journal of Advances in Rheumatology;2009, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p107
Academic Journal
Work loss due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and difficulties at work are important problems for people with arthritis and their families, healthcare providers, employers, insurance companies, and society at large. In this review paper, I will describe the impact of RA on employment, focusing on work loss due to arthritis, as well as reduced productivity while at work and other less tangible impacts of arthritis on employment. To prevent work loss from arthritis and address employment issues for people with arthritis, a good understanding of the problem of work loss due to arthritis is essential. For that purpose, I will review the literature on risk factors for work disability in RA and discuss the problems that people with arthritis encounter at work due to their arthritis. I will then review the impact of medical treatment of RA, including biological therapies, on improving work outcomes. Finally, I will discuss the effectiveness of interventions specifically targeted at employment for people with arthritis.


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