Removing barriers for disabled people would be giant leap

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1101 (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1101
  1. Joyce M Carter, consultant in public health medicine (joyce.carter@liverpool-ha.nhs.uk)
  1. Liverpool Health Authority, Liverpool L3 6AL

    EDITOR—Emery and Buch's editorial about drug treatment for rheumatoid arthritis states that after 10 years 50% of people with the disease no longer work, most losing their jobs in the first 12 months after diagnosis.1 But it is not necessarily rheumatoid arthritis that causes job loss; it is likely also to be due to the barriers in society that exclude disabled people from full employment.

    I have had rheumatoid arthritis for over 10 years, and have …

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