The VOLP was created in 2006 using focus groups that asked participants with Rheumatoid Arthritis a series of questions based on existing questionnaire such as the WPAI, the PRODISQ, the Health and Labour Questionnaire and the Work Limitations Questionnaire, and newly developed questions. A preliminary VOLP was then created, and administered in a validation study in the UK. The results of the validation study have led to the development of the VOLP.