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Pain, fatigue and hand function closely correlated to work ability and employment status in systemic sclerosis.

Sandqvist, Gunnel LU ; Scheja, Agneta LU and Hesselstrand, Roger LU (2010) In Rheumatology (Oxford, England) 49(9). p.1739-1746
Abstract
Objective:

To identify factors, individual and work related, influencing work ability, and to assess the association between work ability and employment status, activities of daily life (ADLs) and quality of life in patients with SSc.



Methods:

Fifty-seven consecutive patients (53 females/4 males) with SSc (47 lcSSc/10 dcSSc) were included. Median age was 58 [interquartile range (IQR) 47-62] years and disease duration 14 (9-19) years. The patients were assessed for socio-demographic characteristics, disease parameters, symptoms, work ability, empowerment and adaptations in a workplace, social support, ADLs and quality of life.



Results:

Work ability, assessed with the Work... (More)
Objective:

To identify factors, individual and work related, influencing work ability, and to assess the association between work ability and employment status, activities of daily life (ADLs) and quality of life in patients with SSc.



Methods:

Fifty-seven consecutive patients (53 females/4 males) with SSc (47 lcSSc/10 dcSSc) were included. Median age was 58 [interquartile range (IQR) 47-62] years and disease duration 14 (9-19) years. The patients were assessed for socio-demographic characteristics, disease parameters, symptoms, work ability, empowerment and adaptations in a workplace, social support, ADLs and quality of life.



Results:

Work ability, assessed with the Work Ability Index (WAI) could be evaluated in 48 of 57 patients. The correlation between employment status and WAI was good (r(s) = 0.79, P < 0.001). Thirteen patients had good or excellent WAI, 15 had less good and 20 had poor WAI. There were no significant differences between subgroups of WAI and socio-demographic characteristics, disease duration or degree of skin and lung involvement. However, patients with good WAI expressed milder perceived symptoms (pain, fatigue and impaired hand function; P < 0.001). Patients with better WAI had better competence (P < 0.001), better possibility of adaptations at work (P < 0.01) and impact at work (P < 0.01) than those with poorer WAI.



Conclusions:

In SSc, pain, fatigue and impaired hand function have a dominant impact on the WAI. Employment interventions should include support in job adaptations as well as self-management strategies to help patients deal with pain and fatigue and to enhance the confidence to perform their work. (Less)
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Scleroderma Articular: physiology Range of Motion Pain: psychology Employment: statistics & numerical data Fatigue: psychology Systemic: physiopathology Systemic: psychology Work: psychology
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Rheumatology (Oxford, England)
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49
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9
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1739 - 1746
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Oxford University Press
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1462-0332
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10.1093/rheumatology/keq145
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English
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To identify factors, individual and work related, influencing work ability, and to assess the association between work ability and employment status, activities of daily life (ADLs) and quality of life in patients with SSc. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
Methods:<br/><br>
Fifty-seven consecutive patients (53 females/4 males) with SSc (47 lcSSc/10 dcSSc) were included. Median age was 58 [interquartile range (IQR) 47-62] years and disease duration 14 (9-19) years. The patients were assessed for socio-demographic characteristics, disease parameters, symptoms, work ability, empowerment and adaptations in a workplace, social support, ADLs and quality of life. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
Results:<br/><br>
Work ability, assessed with the Work Ability Index (WAI) could be evaluated in 48 of 57 patients. The correlation between employment status and WAI was good (r(s) = 0.79, P &lt; 0.001). Thirteen patients had good or excellent WAI, 15 had less good and 20 had poor WAI. There were no significant differences between subgroups of WAI and socio-demographic characteristics, disease duration or degree of skin and lung involvement. However, patients with good WAI expressed milder perceived symptoms (pain, fatigue and impaired hand function; P &lt; 0.001). Patients with better WAI had better competence (P &lt; 0.001), better possibility of adaptations at work (P &lt; 0.01) and impact at work (P &lt; 0.01) than those with poorer WAI. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
Conclusions:<br/><br>
In SSc, pain, fatigue and impaired hand function have a dominant impact on the WAI. Employment interventions should include support in job adaptations as well as self-management strategies to help patients deal with pain and fatigue and to enhance the confidence to perform their work.},
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  title        = {Pain, fatigue and hand function closely correlated to work ability and employment status in systemic sclerosis.},
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