For patients with chronic, or long lasting, disorders symptoms often come and go with varying intensity. Living with a disease hence becomes a matter of finding a balance between the limitations of the body and the will to perform activities and participate in daily life. To be able to participate in working life an individual needs to balance his or her personal abilities and characteristics (personal factors) with factors external to the person (environmental factors). A good fit between a person and the environment might mean that a person is able to work despite remaining symptoms while an unfavourable fit might mean that the symptoms deteriorate.
This session attempts to give an overview of the literature on arthritis and work. We will discuss the effect of arthritis on work participation and give a brief summary of the literature on risk factors for work disability, assessment tools and interventions. The session will include an overview of qualitative studies that explore patients own experiences of living with arthritis and remain employed or return to work. Also the effect of work and occupation on the development of disease will be discussed as knowledge about occupational risk factors for disease could contribute to an earlier detection of patients with an unfavourable fit, who might benefit from changed working conditions.
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