Factors of importance for work disability in women with fibromyalgia: An interview study
Version of Record online: 5 JUN 2002
Copyright © 2002 by the American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 266–274, 15 June 2002
How to Cite
Liedberg, G. M. and Henriksson, C. M. (2002), Factors of importance for work disability in women with fibromyalgia: An interview study. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 47: 266–274. doi: 10.1002/art.10454
- Issue online: 5 JUN 2002
- Version of Record online: 5 JUN 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 NOV 2001
- Manuscript Received: 5 APR 2001
- Swedish Foundation for Health Care Sciences and Allergy Research
- Swedish Rheumatism Association
- County of Östergötland Research Fund
- Work role;
- Work disability;
- Qualitative method
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.
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.
Four categories appear, at societal and individual levels, that were regarded as important by the women for remaining in a work role.
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.