Work productivity in patients with Behcet disease and its association with disease activity and quality of life


Atas N., Varan O., Babaoglu H., SATIŞ H. , Salman R. B. , ÇELİK B. , ...More

BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, vol.82, no.6, pp.376-382, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0308022619834184
  • Title of Journal : BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
  • Page Numbers: pp.376-382

Abstract

Introduction Behcet disease is a chronic vasculitis that generally affects young adults in the most productive period of their life. The purpose of this study is to evaluate patients' work productivity and daily activity impairment, and their relationship with disease activity and quality of life. Method In this study, 55 patients with Behcet disease who are currently working and 50 healthy controls were included. To evaluate quality of life, a 36-item short form health survey was used. For the evaluation of Behcet disease activity and work productivity, the Behcet Disease Current Activity Form and Work Productivity and Activity Impairment questionnaire were used, respectively. Quality of life and work productivity between patients and healthy controls were compared. Results Scores of all domains of the health survey were significantly worse in patients with Behcet disease (range, p = 0.006 to p < 0.001). The mean Work Productivity and Activity Impairment absenteeism, presenteeism and activity impairment scores were higher in patients with Behcet disease (p = 0.005, p < 0.001 and p < 0.001, respectively). There was a significant correlation between Behcet Disease Current Activity Form score and absenteeism (r = 0.32, p = 0.016). Moreover, there was significant correlation between Work Productivity and Activity Impairment and most domains of the health survey (range, r = -0.27 to -0.64, range, p = 0.047 to p < 0.001). Conclusion Our results showed remarkable impairment in work productivity and health-related quality of life in Behcet disease. There is a strong correlation between work productivity and quality of life. To improve work productivity, more effective therapeutic approaches and improvements in working conditions should be provided.