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Return to work of individuals with arthritis: A review of job performance and retention

by Satoko Yasuda Crockatt, Pam Targett, David Cifu, Paul Wehman

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Crockatt, S., Targett, P., Cifu, D. & Wehman, P. (2009). Return to work of individuals with arthritis: A review of job performance and retention. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 30(2), 121 - 131.

With so many people affected by arthritis and the significant impact it has on themselves and on their families, employers as well as on society, employment of individuals with arthritis is an important topic to consider. A review of literature was conducted to examine the issues that arise from arthritis, factors that influence work disability and employment retention, and interventions and services that are available to promote and retain employment for individuals with arthritis. In recent years, employers have begun to proactively intervene in terms of both prevention activities as well as provision of accommodation. Work disability is a common occurrence for individuals with arthritis and factors that influence work disability for those with arthritis include employment factors, employee factors, disease factors, and other factors such as access to health care and vocational rehabilitation. It is critical to consider the complex interaction of these factors in order for individuals with arthritis to remain productive and future research must consider all of these aspects when developing and implementing interventions.

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