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Arthritis and return to work

A Cochrane evidence review concludes that workplace interventions aimed at promoting job retention among workers with inflammatory arthritis have ‘potential’ to succeed, with no evidence of any adverse effects. It included randomised controlled trials of non-pharmaceutical workplace interventions, including work adjustments, vocational counselling, advice and education, but just three trials met the inclusion criteria, and when taken together provided only very low-quality evidence. Although job loss was significantly reduced in one of the trials (relative risk = 0.35; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.18–0.68) the evidence quality was poor. 

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014; 11: CD010208. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010208.pub2

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2015 (vol. 11/5) pp39