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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)
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)
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 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)
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)
PURPOSE Finding and keeping employment is difficult for people with HIV. To improve supportive care for people with HIV and employment-related problems, a multidisciplinary guideline was developed in the Netherlands in 2010/2011. To identify the employment-related concerns of people with HIV and to formulate the key questions for the guideline, we conducted(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)
BACKGROUND There is no universally accepted way of labelling or defining upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders. A variety of names are used and many different classification systems have been introduced. OBJECTIVE To agree on an "unambiguous language" concerning the terminology and classification that can be used by all relevant medical and(More)
Incidence densities in primary care are often based on disease or region-specific code registration (e.g. 'epicondylitis', 'shoulder symptom') according to the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC). Few estimates are available on arm, neck and shoulder complaints. Unknown, is the proportion missed due to registration with a non-region-specific(More)
The goal of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatments for impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tear on the improvement in functional limitations and concomitant duration of sick leave. A systematic search for clinical trials or controlled studies was conducted with the following text words: should*, rotator cuff,(More)