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Abstract: Factors of importance for work disability in women with fibromyalgia: An interview study

  [ 135 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • July 15, 2002

Source: Arthritis Rheum 2002 Jun 15;47(3):266-74

Liedberg GM, Henriksson CM.

Linkoping University and University Hospital, Linkoping, Sweden.

Objective: Fibromyalgia symptoms such as continuous pain, tiredness, hyperalgesia, and allodynia limit gainful employment. The present study examines which factors influence the decision to remain in a work role for women with fibromyalgia. This information is important for the individual and for public finances.

Methods: Qualitative interviews were performed with 39 women, 19 of whom were gainfully employed and 20 who had stopped working. The transcribed interviews were analyzed and divided into categories and subcategories.

Results: Four categories appear, at societal and individual levels, that were regarded as important by the women for remaining in a work role.

Conclusions: The ability to remain at work depends not only on limitations in work capacity, but also on the capacity of society to adjust work environments and work tasks. More individual solutions are needed to allow women with fibromyalgia to maintain work roles.

PMID: 12115156 [PubMed - in process]

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