Exploring the perceptions of how living with osteoarthritis affects employed people’s work productivity

Ching, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3765-2534 and Prior, Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9831-6254 2023, 'Exploring the perceptions of how living with osteoarthritis affects employed people’s work productivity' , Musculoskeletal Care .

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Background Working people with osteoarthritis (OA) can experience difficulties at work due to pain and activity limitation. Objective To explore the impact of biopsychosocial factors on work participation in employed people with OA. Methods An explorative, qualitative, semi-structured one-to-one telephone interview study. Employed people living with OA were recruited through an arthritis volunteer database and social media. Data was analysed using Thematic Analysis. Findings Participants (n = 15) included people with OA in any joints from mixture of careers. Themes were: (1) Effects of OA on work participation, (2) Impact of workplace support and accommodations on employment, and (3) Importance of clinical support and management. Conclusion Impact of OA on people's work productivity results in a spill over into their home lives. Work transitions and adaptations are not always available. Employers need to be educated to support employees to create a positive work environment and promote available workplace support.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Musculoskeletal Care
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1478-2189
Funders: This study was funded as part of Versus Arthritis MRC UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (grant no. 20665).
Depositing User: Dr Yeliz Prior
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 13:23
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 13:30
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/66308

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