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Which patients stop working because of RA?
  1. E M Shanahan1,
  2. M J Ahern1,
  3. M D Smith1
  1. 1Rheumatology Research Unit, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia 5041
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M D Smith;
    Malcolm.Smith{at}rgh.sa.gov.au

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The paper by Young et al is a useful contribution to the question of work disability related to rheumatoid arthritis.1

However, one of the areas in which intervention is theoretically possible to reduce disability—namely, that of work place intervention, was not discussed. In the study by Young et al the types of work performed by the study cohort are grouped into four categories—namely, manual, semi-manual, semi-sedentary, and mainly sedentary. Presumably, the patients were allocated to a group based on job title using the British classification of occupations …

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