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A Review of Methods to Measure Health-Related Productivity Loss

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THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE VOL. 13, NO. 4, 2007

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Background:
Annual US health-related productivity losses are estimated to reach some $260 billion, attributable not only to absenteeism but also to presenteeism (being present at work but working at a reduced capacity). The search for remedies has been hampered by the lack of accurate estimates of the loss of productivity and its true costs. To date, little effort has been made to assess the availability of measurement instruments or the validity and reliability of those that exist.

Objectives:
To systematically review the instruments used to measure productivity loss and its costs and to assess limitations in current research.

Authors:
Soeren Mattke, MD, DSc; Aruna Balakrishnan, BS; Giacomo Bergamo, BS; and Sydne J. Newberry, PhD