Work and young people with rheumatic disease

Are you a young adult in southern Ontario between the ages 18-35 years who is living with a rheumatic disease? Have you worked  in the last year? If so, we invite you to take part in our research.

What is this research about? We are trying to understand the impact of rheumatic disease on employment among young adults. Our study is examining the work experiences of young adults living with different forms of rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis.

Who is doing this research? This project is being carried out jointly by researchers from the Institute for Work & Health, McMaster University and the University of Regina. The research is funded by a federal grant.

Who can take part? Study participants must be young adults, 18 to 35 years old, who are living with a rheumatic disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis) and who were employed for at least some period of time during the last year.

What's involved in taking part in this research? Participants must be able to attend an interview or focus group discussion in either Toronto or Hamilton. The interview or focus group will take close to 90 minutes to complete. Participants will be asked questions about their experiences finding and maintaining employment with a rheumatic disease. They will also be asked about the types of adaptations they may make to different parts of their life, or formal accommodations they may access to enable employment. Participants will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire about their life and health.

How do I find out more? If you want more information about the study or want to find out how to participate, please contact:

Julie Bowring
Research Associate
Institute for Work & Health
416.927.2027, ext. 2105