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Enabling factors in the open labour market and strategies used by individuals with rheumatoid arthritis to maintain their employment

University of Cape Town
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  • Occupational Therapy


The objective of this research was to determine the enabling factors that employed individuals with rheumatoid arthritis encounter in the open labour market, and strategies they use to keep their jobs. One hundred individuals with rheumatoid arthritis between the ages of 18 and 65 years and employed in the South African open labour market participated in the study. Participants were recruited from two tertiary hospitals and two private practices in the Western Cape. Participants completed a questionnaire and afterwards six volunteers were selected for a one-hour semi-structured interview.

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