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A cross-sectional research on female workers examining the loss of productivity caused by mild, moderate and severe fibromyalgia


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  1. Rheumatology Clinic, Ospedale Carlo Urbani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Jesi, Ancona, Italy.
  2. Rheumatology Clinic, Ospedale Carlo Urbani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Jesi, Ancona, Italy. dica.marco@yahoo.it
  3. Rheumatology Clinic, Ospedale Carlo Urbani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Jesi, Ancona, Italy.
  4. Rheumatology Clinic, Ospedale Carlo Urbani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Jesi, Ancona, Italy.
  5. Rheumatology Clinic, Ospedale Carlo Urbani, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Jesi, Ancona, Italy.
  6. Internal Medicine Department, Ospedale Murri, Fermo, Italy.
  7. Rheumatology Unit, Internal Medicine Department, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milan, and University School of Medicine, Milan, Italy.

CER15449
2022 Vol.40, N°6
PI 1151, PF 1158
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PMID: 35699070 [PubMed]

Received: 29/12/2021
Accepted : 21/03/2022
In Press: 08/06/2022
Published: 22/06/2022

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
To assess (a) the impacts of fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms on patients’ ability to work and (b) the relationship between FM severity states and lost productivity from the perspective of patients.
METHODS:
FM female patients were retrospectively evaluated for this cross-sectional study. FM severity was determined using the revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR). Work Productivity and Activity Impairment-Fibromyalgia (WPAI-FM) was used to evaluate patients’ employment status. Differences across FM severity states were evaluated using the one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square or Fisher’s exact test. The Pearson’s r test was performed for the correlation analysis.
RESULTS:
The study included 209 subjects, 64 (30.6%) had mild, 64 (30.6%) had moderate, and 81 (38.8%) had severe FM; 57.9% were working full-time, and 42.1% were working part-time. According to WPAI-FM the work productivity and activity impairment resulted: absenteeism 7.03%; presenteeism 44.35%; activity impairment 47.24%; overall work productivity loss 58.23%. Disease severity was associated with decreased work productivity. Presenteeism, overall work productivity loss, and activity impairment demonstrated significant correlations with FIQR and PainDETECT Questionnaire.
CONCLUSIONS:
FM severity is associated to a reduced job productivity. Early identification and treatment of FM may provide a window of opportunity for job preservation.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.55563/clinexprheumatol/hut4ft

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