Factors affecting workers with cystic fibrosis

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Workers with cystic fibrosis (CF) report that the condition affects their ability to work, but that employment is strongly associated with educational attainment and health-related quality of life, rather than the severity of the disease.

Forty per cent of the 254 individuals with CF in a recent study said that they had left a job because of their condition; 47% stated the condition had affected career choice; and 24% said that they had changed duties because of CF. Just under a quarter reported experiencing workplace discrimination because of CF.

The study authors said that specific guidance is needed both for adults with CF and potential employers, with appropriate targeted interventions aimed at improving health perceptions and coping strategies.

Targett et al (2013). “Employment in adults with cystic fibrosis”. Occupational Medicine, first published online December 2013.

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