Job threat for people with arthritis

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 31st May 2017

Survey reveals over half of people with arthritis are unable to work because of their condition.

Results of a new survey, published by Arthritis Care Scotland and carried out by Glasgow University’s Training & Research Unit, reveals that over half of people living with arthritis are unable to work because of their condition.

The survey report, titled Arthritis and Work which was launched at the ALLIANCE’s Annual Conference on Tuesday 30 May, shows that:

  • People with arthritis are likely to work for fewer years than the general population
  • Pain and fatigue are the key barriers to work (two thirds of people reported this)
  • There is a particular impact on older workers (between 55-64)
  • Half of people with arthritis in work need to take time off for medical appointments or sickness absence
  • There is a lack of targeted support to help people remain in work.

Director of Arthritis Care Scotland, Angela Donaldson Bruce said, “Whether it’s giving up work, reducing hours or changing duties or jobs, people with arthritis are being forced to make choices they might otherwise not make.  Coping with pain and fatigue is difficult enough but to have your livelihood threatened can be devastating. We urgently need better understanding by employers and more supportive work environments. In particular, people with arthritis have told us that support from managers and colleagues is crucial and that healthcare professionals and employability support services need to play a greater role.  With the number of people with arthritis set to double over the next 15 years, we need to address these workplace issues urgently.”

Arthritis Care Scotland and Glasgow University’s Training & Research Unit, Arthritis and Work (this link will take you away from our website).

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