Objective measurement of work absence and on-the-job productivity: a case-control study of US employees with and without gastroesophageal reflux disease
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
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.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105595DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31815dba5aISI: 000252326100008PubMedID: 18188078OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105595DiVA: diva2:221572