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Objective measurement of work absence and on-the-job productivity: a case-control study of US employees with and without gastroesophageal reflux disease
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.
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2008 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 50, no 1, 25-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: To establish an association between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and increased work absence, as well as reduced productivity while at work, by using objective productivity measurements. METHODS: Retrospective case-control analysis of a database containing US employees' administrative health care and payroll data for employees (N = 11,653 with GERD; N = 255,616 without GERD) who were enrolled for at least one year in an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. RESULTS: Employees with GERD had 41% more sick leave days (P < 0.0001), 59% more short-term disability days (P < 0.0001), 39% more long-term disability days (P = 0.1910), 48% more workers' compensation days (P < 0.0001), 4.4% lower objective productivity per hour worked (P = 0.0481), and 6.0% lower annual objective productivity (P = 0.0391) than the employees without GERD. CONCLUSIONS: GERD is associated with a significant impact on employees' work absence and productivity while at work as measured using objective data.

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2008. Vol. 50, no 1, 25-31 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105595DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31815dba5aISI: 000252326100008PubMedID: 18188078OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105595DiVA: diva2:221572
Available from: 2009-06-04 Created: 2009-06-04 Last updated: 2011-08-15Bibliographically approved

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