Functional and environmental factors affecting work status in individuals with longstanding poliomyelitis

Gabi Zeilig, Harold Weingarden, Yeheskel Shemesh, Amir Herman, Michael Heim, Manual Zeweker, Israel Dudkiewicz

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Introduction: Remunerative employment is a major concern of individuals with chronic disabilities, among them, those with longstanding poliomyelitis (LSP). Although LSP is not rare there are almost no data related to work participation. Purpose: The aims of the current study were to determine the effects of a number of social and functional variables as barriers or facilitators to work participation in persons with LSP. Patients and methods: Charts of 123 LSP patients of working age that were seen in the post-polio outpatient clinic, between the years 2000 and 2005 were reviewed for the study. Data on age, gender, family status, level of function in activities of daily living, basic, and extended (B-ADL and E-ADL), and mobility were then analyzed for correlation to the vocational status. Results: Seventy-two people (58.5%) were employed at the time of the survey. Gender and marital status were not found to significantly differ as regard to employment. Using assistive devices for mobility or being dependent for basic ADL were associated with lower levels of employment. Driving was positively associated with the employment status of the LSP individuals. Conclusion: Persons with LSP encounter important barriers to work participation, particularly on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) components of activity and environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Activities of daily living
  • Disability
  • Employment status
  • Mobility
  • Orthotics
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Post-polio syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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