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Arthritis and the Workplace

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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


Diane Lacaille
Dr. Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, in Vancouver. She practices rheumatology at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and she has a hospital appointment at Vancouver Hospital Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC). She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master's in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology track, at the University of British Columbia.Dr. Lacaille's research has led to significant advances in preventing Work Disability for employed people with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She has developed an online a program that helps people stay employed by promoting self-management of problems at work and helping people make necessary changes at work. Dr. Lacaille's other focus of research is on evaluating the quality of health care services received by British Columbians with RA. She has developed and evaluated health services interventions to improve the delivery and uptake of evidence-based care for people with RA. Conflict of Interest StatementOHSU and Dr. Anger have a significant financial interest in Northwest Education Training and Assessment [or NwETA], a company that may have a commercial interest in the results of this research and technology. This potential individual and institutional conflict of interest has been reviewed and managed by OHSU. This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session.

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