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Work disability and state benefit claims in early rheumatoid arthritis: the ERAN cohort

McWilliams, Daniel F.; Varughese, Sneha; Young, Adam; Kiely, Patrick D.; Walsh, David A.

Authors

Daniel F. McWilliams

Sneha Varughese

Adam Young

Patrick D. Kiely

David A. Walsh



Abstract

Objective. RA is an important cause of work disability. This study aimed to identify predictive factors for work disability and state benefit claims in a cohort with early RA.

Methods. The Early RA Network (ERAN) inception cohort recruited from 22 centres. At baseline, and during each annual visit, participants (n = 1235) reported employment status and benefits claims and how both were influenced by RA. Survival analysis derived adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs) and 95% CIs to predict associations between baseline factors and time until loss of employment due to RA or a state benefits claim due to RA.

Results. At baseline, 47% of participants were employed and 17% reported claiming benefits due to RA. During follow-up, loss of employment due to RA was reported by 10% (49/475) of the participants and 20% (179/905) began to claim benefits. Independent predictors of earlier work disability were bodily pain (aHR 2.45, 95% CI 1.47, 4.08, P = 0.001) and low vitality (aHR 1.84, 95% CI 1.18, 2.85, P = 0.007). Disability (aHR 1.28, 95% CI 1.02, 1.61, P = 0.033), DAS28 (aHR 1.48, 95% CI 1.05, 2.09, P = 0.026) and extra-articular disease (aHR 1.77, 95% CI 1.17, 2.70, P = 0.007) predicted earlier benefits claims.

Conclusion. Work disability and benefits claims due to RA were predicted by different baseline factors. Pain and low vitality predicted work disability. Baseline disability, extra-articular disease manifestations and disease activity predicted new benefits claims due to RA. Future research on interventions targeting these factors could investigate job retention and financial independence.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 15, 2013
Journal Rheumatology
Electronic ISSN 1462-0324
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 3
Institution Citation McWilliams, D. F., Varughese, S., Young, A., Kiely, P. D., & Walsh, D. A. (2013). Work disability and state benefit claims in early rheumatoid arthritis: the ERAN cohort. Rheumatology, 53(3), doi:10.1093/rheumatology/ket373
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/ket373
Keywords Rheumatoid arthritis, Employment, Social security work, Disability
Publisher URL http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/53/3/473.long
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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