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Evaluation of the Impact of Cystic Fibrosis in the Labor Market, Education, and Practice of Physiotherapy on Adult Patients at the Multidisciplinary Ambulatory on Cystic Fibrosis in a Reference Center in South America - Brazil FREE TO VIEW

Concetta Esposito, MD; Claudia Bonissoni, PhD; Tamires Blasius, PT
Chest. 2011;140(4_MeetingAbstracts):460A. doi:10.1378/chest.1119997
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PURPOSE: Evaluate the impact of cystic fibrosis (CF) related to the insertion of the disease carriers in the labor market, their education and physiotherapy practice in the adult patients establishing a relation with their lung function (FEV1) at the multidisciplinary ambulatory on cystic fibrosis.

METHODS: Population included 22 individuals 25-year-old average (SD=8,43) both genders questioned on labor market insertion, education and physiotherapy practice during appointments at the ambulatory ward. The data about these three areas were co-related to the FEV1 values to determine if those areas were related to the lung function. The non parametric test of Spearman was applied to calculate statistical analysis and correlations (p<0,05).

RESULTS: The study showed 18,18% individuals on benefits (welfare), 27,28% working, 40,90% studying and 13,64% neither studying nor working. The results disclosed a negative correlation between lung function (FEV1) and the insertion in the labor market (r = - 0,38/p = 0,0816). Only 59,10% of the patients (n=13) report physiotherapy practicing. On education, 9,10% finished basic school, 13,64% completed basic school, 31,82% did not finish high school, 9,1% graduated from high school, 9,1% did not finish college and 27,27% obtained college degree. This research have not demonstrated correlation between the levels of FEV1 and physiotherapy practicing (r = - 0,17/p = 0,4593), as well between FEV1 and education (r = - 0,12/p = 0,6082).

CONCLUSIONS: It was observed that the lower FEV1 values the more difficult it is the insertion in the labor market for the patients. It is clear that the patients have looked for social inclusion and professional establishing according to the number of individual who are improving their education level.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Multidisciplinary teams must have a program which involves social workers and psychologists in order to support patients to plan their careers.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Concetta Esposito, Claudia Bonissoni, Tamires Blasius

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