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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25407

Title: The Workplace Challenges of Lupus Patients
Authors: Al Dhanhani, Ali
Advisor: Fortin, Paul
Department: Medical Science
Keywords: workplace
workplace activity limitations
job accommodations
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2010
Abstract: Objective: To examine the workplace challenges of lupus patients. Methods: A cross sectional study surveyed lupus patients seen at the Toronto Lupus Clinic in the last 2 years. We included questions on health, work context and psychosocial perceptions. Descriptive statistics described the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of the sample; multivariable analysis examined factors associated with workplace activity limitations, job strain, and job accommodations. Results: 362 respondents completed the questionnaire (60% response). 49.7% were currently employed. Participants who recently left work had higher disease activity and workplace activity limitations. Employed participants had low to moderate job strain. Seventy percent of employed participants used job accommodations. Health, work context, and psychological factors were significantly associated with workplace activity limitations, job strain and job accommodations. Conclusion: Persons living with lupus are faced by different challenges at the workplace. Workplace difficulties and needs of individuals with lupus should be assessed by health professionals.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25407
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