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OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between work and quality of life (QOL) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) aged 16-59. METHODS 1056 patients with RA and 658 with AS were included in the study. Data were obtained by postal questionnaire, which included several generic and disease related QOL instruments.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence and prevalence of shoulder complaints in the general population. METHOD A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Medline, Embase, and Cinahl were searched for relevant studies. RESULTS Eighteen studies on prevalence and one study on incidence met the inclusion criteria. Incidence figures of 0.9-2.5%(More)
The objective of the present study is to compare the QL of a wide range of chronic disease patients. Secondary analysis of eight existing data sets, including over 15,000 patients, was performed. The studies were conducted between 1993 and 1996 and included population-based samples, referred samples, consecutive samples, and/or consecutive samples. The(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed at developing a model for determining the work-relatedness of low-back pain for a worker with low-back pain using both a personal exposure profile for well-established risk factors and the probability of low-back pain if the worker were unexposed to these factors. METHODS After a systematic review of the literature, the pooled(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate employment status, work disability, and work days lost in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS A questionnaire was sent to 709 patients with AS aged 16-60. The results of 658 of the patients could be analysed. RESULTS After adjustment for age, labour force participation was decreased by 15.4% in male patients and 5.2%(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess separate and combined effects of work factors and behavioural coping in relation to withdrawal from the labour force among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS A cross sectional study was conducted in a Dutch nationwide random sample of 720 patients with RA. Information about work factors and behavioural coping was(More)
STUDY DESIGN A follow-up study of a cohort of 444 patients aged 16 to 59 years who consulted with their general practitioners (GPs) in 1987-1988 for an incident episode of back pain. OBJECTIVES To determine the proportion of patients with back pain in whom chronic back problems develop after a follow-up of 7 years, to compare health outcomes and labor(More)
Arm, neck and/or shoulder complaints are common in western societies. In the Netherlands, general practice guidelines are issued on shoulder pain and epicondylitis only. Little is known about actual management of the total range of diagnoses. The objectives of the study are: to determine management in patients consulting the GP with a new episode of(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are available on the course of and predictors for disability in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain (CNSLBP). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe the course of disability and identify clinically important prognostic factors of low-back-pain-specific disability in patients with CNSLBP receiving(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the intelligibility and psychometric properties of the modified Dutch language version of the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ) (WLQ-mdlv). METHODS Employed patients with a physical chronic condition completed the WLQ-mdlv, the Work Ability Index, and the 36-item short form health survey. Intelligibility, internal consistency,(More)