The Associations of multimorbidity with health-related productivity loss in a large and diverse public sector setting: A cross-sectional survey

Lili Wang, Fiona Cocker, Michelle Kilpatrick, Petr Otahal, Lei Si, Andrew J. Palmer, Kristy Sanderson

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate absenteeism, presenteeism, and total lost productive time (LPT) associated with multimorbidity.

Methods: Cross-sectional data from 3228 state-government employees from Tasmania were collected in 2013. The validated measures of absenteeism, presenteeism, and LPT were obtained from employees' self-reported data over a 28-day period. Analyses were stratified by sex. Negative binomial models were used to estimate the associations between multimorbidity and LPT.

Results: The average health-related total LPT was 1.2 (standard deviation [SD]=2.4) and 1.7 (SD=3.5) days for men and women with multimorbidity, respectively. Women (rate ratio [RR]=2.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.8 to 4.9) and men (RR=4.4, 95%CI 3.0 to 6.2) with 4+ chronic conditions were significantly more likely to report LPT compared with those without any chronic conditions.

Conclusion: We found multimorbidity is of concern within the workforce, with a positive association of multimorbidity and LPT observed, and significant differences in LPT between men and women reporting multimorbidity.

LanguageEnglish
Pages528-535
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Public Sector
Comorbidity
Cross-Sectional Studies
Efficiency
Health
Absenteeism
Tasmania
Confidence Intervals
State Government
Statistical Models

Keywords

  • absenteeism
  • lost productive time
  • multimorbidity
  • presenteeism

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Wang, Lili ; Cocker, Fiona ; Kilpatrick, Michelle ; Otahal, Petr ; Si, Lei ; Palmer, Andrew J. ; Sanderson, Kristy. / The Associations of multimorbidity with health-related productivity loss in a large and diverse public sector setting : A cross-sectional survey. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 60, No. 6. pp. 528-535.
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