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.
van der Burg, L. R. A., Boonen, A., van Amelsvoort, L. G. P. M., Jansen, N. W. H., Landewé, R. B. M., & Kant, IJ. (2014). Effects of Cardiovascular Comorbidities on Work Participation in Rheumatic Diseases: A Prospective Cohort Study Among Working Individuals. Arthritis Care & Research, 66(1), 157-163. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.22095