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Citation:  Yelin, E., Sonneborn, D., & Trupin, L. (2000). The prevalence and impact of accommodations on the employment of persons 51-61 years of age with musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis Care and Research, 13 (3), 168-176.
Title:  The prevalence and impact of accommodations on the employment of persons 51-61 years of age with musculoskeletal conditions
Authors:  Yelin, E., Sonneborn, D., & Trupin, L.
Year:  2000
Journal/Publication:  Arthritis Care and Research
Publisher:  American College of Rheumatology
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  Individuals with musculoskeletal conditions report poor labor force participation. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that these individuals be offered reasonable accommodations to do their jobs whether they are seeking employment or trying to maintain employment. Little research exists as to how many individuals with musculoskeletal conditions make use of accommodations and if those accommodations can improve job retention.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article was to determine whether the use of reasonable accommodations can help individuals with musculoskeletal conditions stay employed over a period of two years.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of data from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) on 502 persons with musculoskeletal conditions between the ages of 51-61 years old.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was extracted from the HRS data files and the use of accommodations in 1992 was tabulated. The impact of accommodations on employment in 1994 was estimated using logistic regression.
Findings:  Only about 1 in 5 individuals in the study sample that were employed reported using any accommodation in 1992. Generally speaking those individuals that used accommodations in 1992 were no more likely to be employed in 1994 than those that did not. Getting someone to help do the job was the only accommodation that led to a greater chance of being employed in 1994.
Conclusions:  The use of accommodations by individuals with musculoskeletal conditions was infrequent and did not lead to better odds of being employed.

Disabilities served:  Arthritis
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Older workers (55+)
Outcomes:  Increase in tenure