Integrated care intervention for workers with rheumatoid arthritis using an innovated system approach. A randomised controlled trial. (WC 2010-098)

Background

Starting date: 01/03/2011
Background

Employment rate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is lower compared to the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis leads to problems with functioning in work, leading to sick leave or even work disability.

Work is not a standard topic during consultation with the rheumatologist. Employees with rheumatoid arthritis will be invited to the occupational physician in case of sick leave. Previous studies have shown that early intervention at the workplace may be beneficial for patients' functioning at work. 

As a result of the separation between curative and occupational health care, patients might receive conflicting advises from health professionals. Therefore, integration of care, including communication between the curative and occupational health care is expected to have positive effects on functioning in work, as well as disease-related outcomes.