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Factors of importance for maintaining work as perceived by men with arthritis
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. (Center for dementia research [CEDER])
Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönkïping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1607-187X
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 45, no 4, 439-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: Employment rates are significantly lower among individuals with arthritis compared to a general population. There is, however, limited research about how men with arthritis perceive their ability to maintain working. The aim of this study was thus to explore their perception of this.

PARTICIPANTS: Nine employed men with arthritis were purposively sampled.

METHODS: Interviews were performed and were informed by the central concepts of the Model of Human Occupation. The Empirical Phenomenological Psychological method was modified and used to analyze and interpret collected data.

RESULTS: The findings showed that men with arthritis perceived a desire to work, adjusted their activity pattern, were aware of their own capabilities, had good work conditions, had environmental support and used effective medication to maintain their ability to work.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that health care professionals can help men with arthritis to find strategies and a balance between recreation and work. Ultimately, this knowledge could guide health care professionals to target men needing interventions to prevent sick leave.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS PRESS , 2013. Vol. 45, no 4, 439-448 p.
Keyword [en]
Ability to work, empirical phenomenological psychological method (EPP), rheumatism, rheumatology, work ability
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91246DOI: 10.3233/WOR-121542ISI: 000324299500004OAI: diva2:616653
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2013-10-30Bibliographically approved

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