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Parkinson's disease and working capacity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17183549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the present study was to establish how Parkinson's disease (PD) affects working capacity. Altogether, 937 (70%) of 1,343 working-aged members of the Finnish Parkinson Association participated in a questionnaire study. The ages of the subjects were between 29 and 65 years, median 59.0 years; 508 (54%) were men. The median (quartile range) duration of PD symptoms was 7.3 (4.3-11.3) years, and the median self-estimated severity of the disease on the Hoehn & Yahr scale was 2. Only 150 of 937 subjects (16%) were still working: 112 (12%) full-time and 38 (4%) part-time. Among those 343 (37%) who had retired purely because of PD at a median age of 53.4 years, the median working time was 1.7 years after established diagnosis. In part-time work, PD patients had been able to continue for a median of 4.3 years. PD often leads to early retirement; compared with the general Finnish population of similar age, PD patients had retired on the average 6 years earlier. Young age, mild symptoms, and short duration of the disease as well as adjustments enabling easier employment were associated with the possibility to continue longer in the work force.
Kirsti K Martikainen; Tiina H Luukkaala; Reijo J Marttila
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0885-3185     ISO Abbreviation:  Mov. Disord.     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-27     Completed Date:  2007-02-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610688     Medline TA:  Mov Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2187-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2006 Movement Disorder Society.
The Finnish Parkinson Association and Foundation, Turku, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Disability Evaluation*
Finland / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Parkinson Disease / economics*,  epidemiology,  physiopathology*
Work / physiology*

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