The impact of ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis on work productivity

Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 29(3), pp. 512-523

  • Dr Jane Martindale, Extended Scope Physiotherapist and Therapy Research Lead, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust; and Honorary Researcher, Lancaster University
  • Dr Rudresh Shukla, Academic Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology, Lancaster University
  • Professor John Goodacre, Director, Lancaster Health Hub

Introduction: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)/axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) typically affects people from a young age, it often has a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing and it is associated with significant risk of limiting work productivity over the life course. Despite this, relatively little attention has been paid to issues regarding work productivity in this condition. Consequently, there is an urgent need not only to understand better the different perspectives of people with AS/axial SpA, of health professionals, of health service managers and of employers but also to embed issues pertinent to work productivity as a routine element of health care. Exciting opportunities now exist to bring together the key sectors to develop innovative solutions and processes to drive such advances, and to enable the potential of people with AS/axial SpA to succeed in workplace settings to be fully realised.

The full article is published in Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 29(3), pp. 512-523.