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Sickness Absence Versus Physical, Mental, and Job-related Factors in Patients With Chronic Pulmonary Disease

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
LHL Helse Identifier:
First received: April 27, 2010
Last updated: May 14, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

People with chronic respiratory disease have shortened work life, their disease is associated with greater work disability and they are at greater risk of being unemployed. Lower employment rates and higher sickness absence is expensive for the community and leads to financial as well as social consequences for the individual.

There is a lack of data on factors that can predict sickness absence and disability in patients with pulmonary disease. We therefore want to study a group of people with COPD and asthma referred to our clinic. The study will investigate relationships between sickness absence and exercise capacity, job-related factors, disease severity, self-efficacy, health related quality of life and subjective health complaints.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Asthma Other: Vocational pulmonary rehabilitation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Relationships Between Sickness Absence and Physical, Mental, and Job-related Factors in Patients With Chronic Pulmonary Disease

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Further study details as provided by LHL Helse:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of subjects absent from work more than 10 days 4 weeks prior to follow-up [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    The subjects are interviewed after 12 months. Number of days absent from work during 4 weeks prior to the interview are recorded.

Enrollment: 318
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Pulmonary vocational rehabilitation Other: Vocational pulmonary rehabilitation
Multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation with emphasis on vocational issues


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • chronic pulmonary disease
  • employed
  • periods of sickness absence in the year prior to admittance

Exclusion Criteria:

  • lack of ability to complete the rehabilitation program
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01118104

Hakadal, Akershus, Norway, 1485
Sponsors and Collaborators
LHL Helse
Study Director: Morten S Ryg, PhD LHL Helse
  More Information

Responsible Party: LHL Helse Identifier: NCT01118104     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GK57
Study First Received: April 27, 2010
Last Updated: May 14, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 25, 2017