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JointHealth™ insight – November 2018

Special Report: Arthritis in the Canadian Workforce 

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In the latest issue of JointHealth™ insight, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) reports on arthritis in the Canadian workforce.

Arthritis is the most common cause of work disability in Canada, resulting in both poor quality of life and workplace limitations. ACE members have told us about the challenge of managing workplace responsibilities while managing their disease, including symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and stiffness, often with a gradual loss of physical function.

According to Statistics Canada, the estimated annual cost of workplace disability from arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions is $13.6 billion. Studies have also shown that many people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are forced to leave the workforce prematurely and earn less than those living without the disease.

This issue of JointHealth™ insight covers the important topic of arthritis in the workplace, and includes:

  • A discussion on the 2018 winners of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis award: The Government of Yukon and Université de Montréal.
  • A look at the impact of arthritis on the Canadian work force, and common challenges faced by employees with arthritis.
  • A special interview with Dr. Lacaille about her online education program, Making it Work™. The program is designed to help people with inflammatory arthritis deal with employment issues related to their disease.