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Arthritis and the Workplace

Free 1 Hour
Dr Lacaille will share her expertise as a rheumatologist and scientist, review relevant literature, including her own research findings, and provide practical advice for workers, health care professionals, and employers to support workers with arthritis in their quest to live healthy and productive lives at work.

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Take-home messages

  • Arthritis and back pain are the number one cause of work disability in Canada
  • The impact of arthritis on work is more costly than any other aspect of the disease, including expensive medications used for arthritis.
  • Arthritis poses physical, emotional and economic challenges for workers
  • Workers with arthritis who stay at work have better quality of life than those who stop working
  • Job accommodations and vocational counseling make a difference and reduce the risk of work disability

Learning Outcomes

Appreciate the impact of arthritis on employment
Learn about the risk factors for work loss and for reduced productivity at work (presenteeism)
Understand the workplace challenges faced by workers with arthritis
Learn strategies to help workers with arthritis address work-related issues, including discussing disclosure, supporting job accommodations, and assessing the need for ergonomic modifications

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