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Table 2 Professional characteristics of the women in full-time work, according to the number of days of sick leave in the preceding year (n = 955). Figures are numbers (percentage) unless otherwise stated

From: Fibromyalgia in the workplace: risk factors for sick leave are related to professional context rather than fibromyalgia characteristics— a French national survey of 955 patients

  No sick leave 1 to 30 days of sick leave 31 to 60 days of sick leave > 60 days of sick leave P
(n = 339) (n = 366) (n = 132) (n = 118)
Commute time (minutes, mean ± standard deviation) 19.2 ± 22.1 23.9 ± 21.7 27.2 ± 21.5 29.4 ± 26.4 < 0.0001
Stress at work 225 (66.4) 288 (78.7) 104 (78.8) 104 (88.1) < 0.0001
Difficulties at work 239 (70.5) 294 (80.3) 110 (83.3) 105 (89) < 0.0001
Fibromyalgia preventing career progression 214 (63.1) 252 (68.9) 101 (76.5) 96 (81.4) 0.0006
Professional adaptation measures in place 85 (25.1) 108 (29.5) 56 (40.2) 46 (39) 0.002
Transfer to a different post 17 (20) 24 (22.2) 17 (32.1) 13 (28.3) 0.36
Physical adaptation of the post 39 (45.9) 56 (51.9) 27 (50.9) 18 (39.1) 0.49
Adaptation of working hours 32 (37.7) 53 (49.1) 22 (41.5) 20 (43.5) 0.45
Sedentary professional activity 191 (56.3) 216 (59) 74 (56.1) 71 (60.2) 0.81
Prolonged sitting 139 (72.4) 171 (79.2) 62 (83.8) 55 (77.5) 0.19
Prolonged standing 30 (15.6) 34 (15.7) 5 (6.8) 12 (16.9) 0.23
Sedentary activity with repeated movements 46 (24) 55 (25.5) 24 (32.4) 32 (45.1) 0.005
Manipulation of machines or vibrating tools 15 (4.4) 19 (5.2) 6 (4.6) 11 (9.3) 0.22
Heavy lifting 74 (21.8) 72 (19.7) 22 (16.7) 34 (28.8) 0.10
Thermal nuisance 17 (5) 28 (7.7) 11 (8.3) 12 (10.2) 0.22
Exposure to a noisy working environment 62 (18.3) 96 (26.2) 44 (33.3) 36 (30.5) 0.002
Working on a computer 195 (57.5) 248 (67.8) 92 (69.7) 83 (70.3) 0.007
Postural constraints
 Standing position 156 (46) 177 (48.4) 60 (45.5) 66 (55.9) 0.28
 Crouching position 54 (15.9) 54 (14.8) 12 (12.9) 21 (17.8) 0.72
 Arms lifted 58 (17.1) 59 (16.1) 27 (20.5) 21 (17.8) 0.73
Repeated or high-speed movements 79 (23.3) 84 (23) 36 (27.3) 31 (26.3) 0.70
Working with one or several joints in a forced position 107 (31.6) 107 (29.2) 38 (28.8) 41 (34.8) 0.65
Post involving walking 86 (25.4) 120 (32.8) 38 (28.8) 44 (37.3) 0.049
Impact of work on fibromyalgia 0.0002
 Improvement 66 (19.5) 57 (15.6) 15 (11.4) 9 (7.6)  
 Deterioration 210 (62) 251 (68.6) 105 (79.6) 100 (84.8)  
 No effect 63 (18.6) 58 (15.6) 12 (9.1) 9 (7.6)  
Impact of fibromyalgia on professional life 294 (86.7) 332 (90.7) 127 (96.2) 114 (96.6) 0.001
Feeling of support from work colleagues 49 (14.45) 83 (22.68) 26 (19.7) 22 (18.6) 0.049
Feeling of support from the occupational therapist 11 (3.2) 25 (6. 8) 11 (8.3) 16 (13.5) 0.001