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About 40 per cent of working age people who were in paid employment at the time of their stroke believe that their job contributed to their illness, a new study has revealed.
These results of the Psychosocial Outcomes in Stroke (POISE) study will be presented today at the Stroke 2012 Conference in Sydney.
It shows that people who perceived their jobs to be highly stressful were likely to blame work for their stroke despite “little evidential support,” for this belief, according to the researchers.
“This belief was more likely in those with a number of work-related risks, and [among] the more anxious,” the researchers from The University of Sydney and the George Institute, say.
Of 414 working age stroke survivors recruited for the study and interviewed 28 days after their stroke, 208 were working prior to their stroke and 40 percent thought work caused their stroke.
“The novel finding of union membership making this attribution more likely, regardless of job stress, suggests that efforts to improve work rehabilitation need to include this important …group,” they say among their conclusions.
The research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
More than 700 local and international clinicians and scientists have gathered for the Stroke 2012, running from 29-31 August at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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