Table 2

Number of self reported challenges in remaining at work in 65 patients with chronic rheumatic diseases participating in the vocational rehabilitation programme

ComplaintPatients reporting this problem (n (%))
Tiredness during work6 (10%)
Tiredness after work8 (12%)
Tiredness, general15 (23%)
Pain23 (35%)
Morning stiffness10 (15%)
Swollen joints0 (0%)
Labour conditions in general
Time pressure9 (14%)
Working hours, starting early in the morning10 (15%)
Rigid schedule2 (3%)
Shift work2 (3%)
Specific labour conditions: lower extremities
Sitting17 (26%)
Standing22 (34%)
Kneeling13 (20%)
Bending12 (19%)
Walking15 (23%)
Climbing stairs7 (11%)
Repetitive movements legs1 (2%)
Specific labour activities: upper extremities
Repetitive movements arms13 (20%)
Reaching0 (0%)
Carrying21 (32%)
Overhead work10 (15%)
Manual precision work or writing17 (26%)
Using grip force29 (45%)
Transportation to and from work
Walking0 (0%)
Cycling2 (3%)
Car or motor9 (14%)
Public transport3 (5%)
Parking3 (5%)
Accessibility in workplace
Stairs1 (2%)
Doors1 (2%)
Toilet1 (2%)
Exposure to cold, heat, or damp 20 (31%)
Workplace inventory
Desk8 (12%)
Chair11 (16%)
Computer/mouse1 (2%)
Tools8 (12%)
Psychosocial
Relations with supervisor or colleagues13 (20%)
Situation at home
Acceptance of disease by patient2 (3%)
Acceptance of disease by family or friends3 (5%)
Social activities with children, family, or friends4 (6%)