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Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 137635, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Work Productivity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Relationship with Clinical and Radiological Features

1Section of Rheumatology, Hospital General de Agudos “Dr. Enrique Tornú,” Combatientes de Malvinas 3002, C1427ARN Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Instituto de Rehabilitación Psicofísica (I.R.E.P.), C1428DQG Buenos Aires, Argentina
3Organización Médica de Investigación, C1015ABO Buenos Aires, Argentina
4Práctica Médica Privada, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Received 31 May 2012; Accepted 27 August 2012

Academic Editor: Juan-Manuel Anaya

Copyright © 2012 Rafael Chaparro del Moral et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To assess the relationship between work productivity with disease activity, functional capacity, life quality and radiological damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. The study included consecutive employed patients with RA (ACR'87), aged over 18. Demographic, disease-related, and work-related variables were determined. The reduction of work productivity was assessed by WPAI-RA. Results. 90 patients were evaluated, 71% women. Age average is 50 years old, DAS28 4, and RAQoL 12. Median SENS is 18 and HAQ-A 0.87. Mean absenteeism was of 14%, presenting an average of 6.30 work hours wasted weekly. The reduction in performance at work or assistance was of 38.4% and the waste of productivity was of 45%. Assistance correlated with DAS28 (r = 0.446; P < 0.001), HAQ-A (r = 0.545; P < 0.001) and RAQoL (r = 0.475; P < 0.001). Lower total productivity was noticed in higher levels of activity and functional disability. Patients with SENS > 18 showed lower work productivity than those with SENS < 18 (50 versus 34; ). In multiple regression analysis, variables associated with reduction of total work productivity were HAQ-A and RAQoL. Conclusion. RA patients with higher disease severity showed higher work productivity compromise.