Effects of Cardiovascular Comorbidities on Work Participation in Rheumatic Diseases: A Prospective Cohort Study Among Working Individuals

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Abstract

Objective To determine the risk of sick leave and work disability in relation to rheumatic diseases and cardiovascular comorbidities among working individuals. MethodsEmployees (n = 12,140) from 45 companies in The Netherlands were prospectively followed up from 1998-2008. Questionnaires were used to assess self-reported diseases and employment status. Company records provided individual sick leave data for the first 2.5 years of followup. For a selected sample of the cohort (50%), verification of self-reported diseases was sought through hospital record linkage. Poisson regressions and Cox proportional hazards models were applied to determine the impact of both self-reported and verified diseases on sick leave and work disability, respectively. ResultsThe number of days and frequency of sick leave were increased in working individuals with self-reported rheumatic and cardiovascular disease (P risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-163
JournalArthritis Care & Research
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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