Objective: To review the occurrence and magnitude of workplace productivity loss and sick leave in inflammatory arthritis (IA) patients and to identify determinants. Methods: PubMed, EMbase, PsycINFO and CINAHL articles to July 2012 on IA and workplace productivity loss or sick leave were reviewed. Methodological quality was assessed by a criteria list developed by the authors. Results: 47 original studies were identified. The occurrence of sick leave in IA patients varied from 3.7% in the past 4 days to 84% in the past 2.5 years. Total duration of sick leave ranged from 0.1 to 11 days over 1 month. Pain and functional disability were associated with sick leave and workplace productivity loss. About 17%-88% of IA patients experienced workplace productivity loss, four studies investigated determinants. Tumour necrosis factor inhibitors were associated with reduced workplace productivity loss and sick leave. Conclusions: IA impacts worker productivity, but its estimated magnitude varies. Higher levels of sick leave and workplace productivity loss were reported for increased levels of pain and decreased levels of functional ability.

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doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-201998, hdl.handle.net/1765/40821
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in the rheumatic diseases
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Lenssinck, M.L.B, Burdorf, A, Boonen, A, Gignac, M.A, Hazes, J.M.W, & Luime, J.J. (2013). Consequences of inflammatory arthritis for workplace productivity loss and sick leave: A systematic review. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in the rheumatic diseases (Vol. 72, pp. 493–505). doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-201998