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  • Musculoskeletal Disorder Impact
    product GDP is accounted for by the direct costs of MSDs each year Over 100 million European citizens experience Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain CMP though it remains undiagnosed in up to 40 of cases 67 of workers with MSDs reported that pain caused a significant reduction in their quality of life 49 of workers with MSDs were limited in the kind of work they were able to perform 25 of workers with MSDs have never seen a doctor about their pain Once workers become detached from the labour market their chances of finding meaningful work again are severely damaged Job retention and return to work programmes are contingent on patients receiving appropriate medical care as quickly as possible The risk of acquiring an MSD will increase as the age of the workforce goes up and that the impact of MSDs on work disability will intensify rather than diminish MSD patients generally do not have to be 100 fit for work to be able to return to their workplace Almost a quarter of European workers report that they have experienced muscular pain in their neck shoulders and upper limbs WRULDS It is estimated that half of the European population will suffer back pain at some time in their lives Back Pain The annual costs of this back pain have been estimated to exceed 12billion It is estimated that the total annual cost of low back pain in Europe was 12 3 billion in 1998 About 85 of people with back pain take less than seven days off yet this accounts for only half of the number of working days lost by back pain Half of the number of working days lost by back pain is accounted for by the 15 who are absent for over one month For back pain it is calculated that 80 of healthcare costs are generated by the 10 of those with chronic pain and disability Rheumatoid Arthritis RA Most people who acquire RA do so when they are of working age It is estimated that 40 of those with RA withdraw from the workforce within 5 years of diagnosis because of their condition SpA People with SpA conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis AS are three times as likely to be out of work as the general population Impact The effect that MSDs can have on an individuals ability to work and the time they may require to be absent from work means that MSDs have significant associated costs to the individual their family the employer and the wider economy Employer Increase in absenteeism Increase in presenteeism which is the loss of productivity in an employee while they are at work with an illness or incapacity Loss of productivity Reduced employee engagement morale Higher staff turnover recruitment and training costs Higher early retirement costs Individual Family Society loss of earnings essential for material well being increases poverty in society loss of an individual s identity social roles and social status Reduced quality of life brought on by job

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  • Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Costs
    capacity for activity such as lost productivity lost earnings lost opportunities for family members lost earnings of family members and lost tax revenue There are two main types of indirect costs most commonly measured in relation to ill health in employees Absence from work Presenteeism or loss of productivity in an employee while they are at work with an illness or incapacity Presenteeism is extremely difficult to measure and there are no Irish data on presenteeism costs As a result most estimates of indirect costs are based on absence from work data It is worth noting that the recording of sickness absence is rarely accurate as different organisations have different ways of recording absence in some cases employees complete records themselves in other cases managers must record the absence for them Furthermore records are subject to biases for example managers tend to underreport their own absence The only recent Irish analysis which exists was conducted by an economic consultancy Indecon 2006 which was commissioned to evaluate the impact of health and safety legislation in Ireland They estimated that the total annual cost of work related accidents and ill health was nearly 3 6 billion Within this they estimated that 1 8 billion was accounted for by lost output caused by temporary and permanent absence from work Another study by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation estimated that absence from work in Ireland s smaller employers they employ approximately 840 000 people was costing the Irish economy 692 million each year Other indirect costs Early retirement Indirect costs are also associated with early retirement among people with MSDs with studies estimating a rate of 30 50 Family productivity Indirect costs of ill health extend beyond lost productivity of the individual often impacting on the labour participation of family members Hiring help

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  • Ireland and Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
    the burden of MSDs can have significant economic and social consequences 2 The growth of obesity in Ireland is a risk factor for bone and joint conditions Data suggests that Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of overweight and obese men in the EU and there are 300 000 Irish children who are clinically obese with those numbers increasing by 10 000 each year Classification In Ireland the Department of

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  • About Fit for Work
    in an economy and damage the competitiveness and effectiveness of private and public sector organisations That is why Arthritis Ireland is leading the development of the Fit for Work programme in Ireland We are advocating that improvements in early intervention treatment and return to work practices could help people with even severe Musculoskeletal Disorders MSDs such as arthritis either stay in work or return to work sooner In 2007 a

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  • Timeline - Arthritis Ireland
    of the European Parliament proposed a more holistic approach to tackling absenteeism in the workplace due to musculoskeletal diseases MSDs and called for investigations to establish a National Framework on MSDs and Absenteeism May 2010 Presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Enterprise Trade and Employment in Leinster House Speakers included John Church CEO Arthritis Ireland and Steve Bevan The Work Foundation Members of the Committee engaged in a wide ranging discussion and a questions and answers session on the Report s findings A full transcript of the proceedings can be accessed here add link Early 2011 Arthritis Ireland becomes part of the Clinical Pathways Group where they hope to include work as part of the integrated care pathway April 2011 Keeping Ireland Fit Forum at Dublin Castle hosted by Arthritis Ireland The aim of the forum was to engage with employers employees with MSDs healthcare professionals union leaders and policy makers to develop a strategy in tackling the impact of MSDs in Ireland The lively forum was chaired by RTE broadcaster John Bowman and speakers included Kathleen Lynch Minister of State for Disability Equality Mental Health Dame Carol Black National Director for Health Work in the UK Dr Steve Boorman Director of Health Safety in Royal Mail who spoke as one of the UK s largest employers Richard Wynne Work Research Centre Ireland and John Church CEO Arthritis Ireland The day consisted of a series of panel discussion made up of a wide variety of stakeholders April 2011 Informal briefing of Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection by Dame Carol Black National Director for Health Work in the UK and John Church CEO Arthritis Ireland Dame Carol Black briefed the Minister on the progress of the UK s Fit For Work initiative including measures introduced such as the fit note to replace the sick note A year after the launch of the fit note in the UK GPs agree that it has made a positive impact on the speed their patients are returning to work Minister Burton agreed that MSDs were indeed an issue for the health of our workforce and said consideration would be given to including this area in a sub committee on Health Work October 2011 John Church CEO of Arthritis Ireland is appointed as Fit for Work ambassador October 2011 John Church meets with the Junior Minister for Primary Care Roisin Shortall to present the work of the Fit for Work program and seek her support Minister Shortal was very supportive of the work and with responsibility for primary care saw a big opportunity to develop improved patient care and exchequer savings October 2011 Fit For Work Europe Annual Summit 2011 This is the 3rd annual meeting of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition which aims to drive a coordinated action by EU and national authorities to better prevent and manage MSDs Ireland was represented by Prof Oliver FitzGerald National Clinical Director for Rheumatology who gave a presentation titled Practical steps and solutions towards making

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  • Fit for Work Europe - Arthritis Ireland
    Impact MSD Costs Ireland and MSDs About Fit for Work Focus and Aims Coalition Guidelines Our Supporters Fit for Work Videos Fit for Work Europe Working With Arthritis Home Fit for Work About Fit for Work Fit for Work Europe Fit for Work Europe print version send to a friend share on facebook Fit for Work Ireland is part of the wider Fit for Work Europe movement working to better align the work and health agendas across Europe by bringing together key stakeholders to drive important policy changes Find out more about the wider European initiative here on the Fit for Work Europe website Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk Arthritis Peer Support Self Management Courses About Self Management Living Well With Arthritis Living Well With Arthritis Online Breaking the Pain Cycle Get Involved Fundraise Mini Marathon Take on a Challenge Donate Leave a Legacy Corporate Fundraising In Your Area All Events Your Local Contacts Your Exercise Groups Your Fundraising Events Your National Events

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  • Focus & Aims
    to maintain the economy s productivity and competitiveness The Fit for Work project has a particular focus on the impact of MSDs and work participation and absenteeism We examined the impact of MSDs on an individual s ability to work and the adequacy of treatment and how this impacts on Ireland s economy and society as a whole We are now working to ensure that these findings and recommendations are used to inform both policy and practice by government healthcare professionals and employers in Ireland The Fit for Work project has looked in some detail at the impact that MSDs have on the working lives of thousands of Irish workers the adequacy of the treatment and support they receive their experiences at work the effect of their condition on their family and colleagues and the human and financial costs involved More specifically this project has sought to address each of the following questions What is the impact of MSDs on employment and economic performance in Ireland How is this likely to change in the context of future demographic workforce and lifestyle changes What is the relationship between work and MSDs What impact do biological psychological and social factors including workplace

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  • Coalition
    Coalition NEXT Guidelines

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