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Factors of Importance for Work Disability in Women with Fibromyalgia: An Interview Study
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier, Hälsa, Aktivitet, Vård (HAV). Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier. Linköpings universitet, Hälsouniversitetet.
2002 (engelsk)Inngår i: Arthritis Care and Research, ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 47, nr 3, s. 266-274Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2002. Vol. 47, nr 3, s. 266-274
Emneord [en]
Work role, Employment, Work disability, Qualitative method
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13640OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13640DiVA, id: diva2:21095
Tilgjengelig fra: 2004-05-21 Laget: 2004-05-21 Sist oppdatert: 2009-05-18
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1. Women with fibromyalgia: Employment and daily life
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Women with fibromyalgia: Employment and daily life
2004 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The major symptoms of fibromyalgia have been shown to severely impact everyday activities. As a consequence, many women have problems remaining in a work role. Not being able to fulfil valued roles influences quality of life. Moreover, consequences in terms of high costs in compensation for reduced work ability are also of importance for society. Today, the number of young women diagnosed with fibromyalgia is increasing.

Objectives: The general aim of this thesis was to increase and deepen knowledge of the life situation of women with fibromyalgia; to examine how to manage a work role when in constant pain, and especially the situation for newly-diagnosed women.

Subjects and Methods: 278 women with longstanding pain were included. The thesis includes five different studies, two of them with a focus on the work situation, two with focus on young, newly-diagnosed women’s life situation, and one investigating time-use and activity patterns in working and non-working women with fibromyalgia. Methods used are a postal questionnaire, instruments commonly used in fibromyalgia, a diary, and interviews.

Results: Despite limitations in physical capacity, 48% of the women are working, full-time or part-time. However, most job loss is associated with the fibromyalgia symptoms, and the women report that the symptoms influence their daily activities during most of their waking time. There is a rapid increase in sickness absence in the newly-diagnosed women, and the young women in particular do not return to the labour market during the first year after receiving their diagnosis. The non-working women have a more demanding family situation, and are also less satisfied with their present situation than working women.

Conclusion: When individual adjustments of the work situation are made and the women participate to a level that matches their ability, they are able to continue in a work role. In evaluating the women’s work capacity, the total life situation of the women should be considered.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2004. s. 47
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 845
Emneord
work role, newly-diagnosed, time-use, activity pattern, family work
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-5184 (URN)91-7373-818-2 (ISBN)
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2004-04-21, Victoriasalen, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (engelsk)
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On the day of the public defence of the doctoral thesis, the status of article III and IV was Submitted.Tilgjengelig fra: 2004-05-21 Laget: 2004-05-21 Sist oppdatert: 2012-01-25bibliografisk kontrollert

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