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Keywords:

  • Work role;
  • Employment;
  • Work disability;
  • Qualitative method

Abstract

Objective

Fibromyalgia symptoms such as continuous pain, tiredness, hyperalgesia, and allodynia limit gainful employment. The present study examines which factors influence the decision to remain in a work role for women with fibromyalgia. This information is important for the individual and for public finances.

Methods

Qualitative interviews were performed with 39 women, 19 of whom were gainfully employed and 20 who had stopped working. The transcribed interviews were analyzed and divided into categories and subcategories.

Results

Four categories appear, at societal and individual levels, that were regarded as important by the women for remaining in a work role.

Conclusions

The ability to remain at work depends not only on limitations in work capacity, but also on the capacity of society to adjust work environments and work tasks. More individual solutions are needed to allow women with fibromyalgia to maintain work roles.