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People with chronic diseases more disciplined at work

Chronic diseases like depression, arthritis and asthma are likely to keep more people from work or out of the workforce, according to a report.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 17, 2009 19:44 IST

Chronic diseases like depression, arthritis and asthma are likely to keep more people from work or out of the workforce, according to a report.

The report released by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) looked at selected chronic diseases to provide an estimate of the loss to the economy due to reduced participation in work of people with chronic diseases.

Karen Bishop, who authored the report, said: "As one might expect, chronic diseases are associated with lower participation in the labour force and more missed days of work."

"Even after adjusting for age, people with chronic disease were 60 percent more likely to not be in the labour force than people without chronic diseases. They were also less likely to be employed full-time and more likely to be unemployed," she said.

People with chronic diseases who were in the labour force had, on an average, about half-a-day off work in the previous fortnight due to illness compared to about a quarter of a day on average for those without chronic diseases.

Of approximately 10.5 million Australians, aged 25-64 years, about 33 percent reported at least one of the following chronic diseases: arthritis, asthma, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, diabetes and osteoporosis.

The report also found that men with chronic diseases were more than twice as likely to be out of the labour force whereas women with chronic disease were 20 percent more likely not to participate in the labour Working in Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance has brought back fond memories for Sanjay Kapoor who recently launched his production company too. "Shooting with Juhi who is my costars in Luck By Chance, instantly took me back to the days when we did Kartavya together. Juhi was my leading lady. Divya Bharati was the original heroine of the film. But she had to replaced with Juhi because of her untimely demise."

Sanjay said that he had a great time since he was familiar with most people on the sets. "I have known Zoya for quite sometime now. There were then Dimple and Juhi and Chintoo whom I have also known since a long time. So it was great shooting for the film."force, said an AIHW release.

The report estimates a loss of nearly 540,000 full-time workers associated with the presence of chronic disease.