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AB0880 Differences in education, employment status and reason of unemployment between european and non-european patients with spondylarthritis fulfilling ASAS criteria (axial, peripheral or both) and having associated psoriasis
  1. E. Roussou1,
  2. D. Lunda Ngandu2,2,
  3. S. Intzes3
  1. 1Rheumatology
  2. 2Medicine
  3. 3Surgery, Bhrut, London, United Kingdom

Abstract

Objectives To assess differences in the level of education, employment status (working, not working) and reason of unemployment between European (E) and non-European (nE) patients living in the same area and suffering from spondylarthritis fulfilling ASAS criteria (axial, peripheral or both) and having associated psoriasis.

Methods A structured validated questionnaire administered to patients attending Rheumatology-Dermatology outpatients’ clinic between 2004 and 2008. The ASAS criteria applied retrospectively. The level of education assessed as: no schooling, primary school, secondary school, college or technical skills and higher education. Patients were asked whether they were on employment or not. If unemployed they were asked to state whether they were unemployed solely due to arthritis, partly due to arthritis, for reasons other than arthritis.

Results From a total of 134 patients with SpA 87 were European (64.9%) and 47 (35%) non European, 4 patients had axial disease (3E, 1 nE), 130 had peripheral disease (75 E, 38nE) 17 had both axial and peripheral disease (9E, 8nE). Table shows education, employment, unemployment and reason for unemployment in the total group, in the E and nE group.

There was no difference in the educational status (p=0.9) and employment status (p=0.9), between E and nE, There was statistical difference in the unemployment group (p<0.05)in that more nE were indented to work and more E were retired and unable to work. In the reason for unemployment more nE were unemployed due to arthritis 37.9% vs 28% and more E were unemployed for reasons other than arthritis 30% vs 6.9% p<0.001

Conclusions There was no difference in the educational status and employment status, between E and nE, There was statistical difference in the unemployment group (p<0.05)in that more nE were indented to work and more E were retired and unable to work. In the reason for unemployment more nE were unemployed due to arthritis and more E were unemployed for reasons other than arthritis.

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