Abstract: Women with fibromyalgia: Work and rehabilitation

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Disabil Rehabil. 2005 Jun;27(12):685-94.

Henriksson C, Liedberg G, Gerdle B.

Section of Occupational Therapy, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden.

Purpose. To explore disability in women with fibromyalgia with a focus on their work situation.

Method. Review of literature on work status of women with fibromyalgia.

Results. Major differences exist between studies in reported disability and in the percentages of women working.

Limitations caused by pain, fatigue, decreased muscle strength, and endurance influence work capacity. However, 34?-?77% of the women work. Individual adjustments in the work situation are reported. When the women find a level that matches their ability, they continue to work and find satisfaction in their work role. Many factors besides degree of impairment or disability influence whether clients with longstanding pain can remain in their work role or return to work after sickness leave.

Conclusion. The total life situation, other commitments, type of work tasks, the ability to influence the work situation, and the physical and psychosocial work environment are important factors in determining whether a person can remain in a work role. More knowledge is needed about how to adjust work conditions for people with partial work ability to the benefit of society and the individual.

PMID: 16012061 [PubMed – in process]

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