Measuring worker productivity : frameworks and measures

Beaton, Dorcas, Bombardier, Claire, Escorpizo, Reuben, Zhang, Wei, Lacaille, Diane, Boonen, Annelies, Osborne, Richard H., Anis, Aslam H., Strand, C. Vibeke and Tugwell, Peter S. 2009, Measuring worker productivity : frameworks and measures, Journal of rheumatology, vol. 36, no. 9, pp. 2100-2109, doi: 10.3899/jrheum.090366.

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Title Measuring worker productivity : frameworks and measures
Author(s) Beaton, Dorcas
Bombardier, Claire
Escorpizo, Reuben
Zhang, Wei
Lacaille, Diane
Boonen, Annelies
Osborne, Richard H.ORCID iD for Osborne, Richard H.
Anis, Aslam H.
Strand, C. Vibeke
Tugwell, Peter S.
Journal name Journal of rheumatology
Volume number 36
Issue number 9
Start page 2100
End page 2109
Total pages 10
Publisher Journal of Rheumatology Publishing
Place of publication Toronto, Ont
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 0315-162X
Keyword(s) absenteeism
rheumatoid arthritis
work productivity
Summary Worker productivity is a combination of time off work (absenteeism) due to an illness and time at work but with reduced levels of productivity while at work (also known as presenteeism). Both can be gathered with a focus on application as a cost indicator and/or as an outcome state for intervention studies. We review the OMERACT worker productivity groups’ progress in evaluating measures of worker productivity for use in arthritis using the OMERACT filter. Attendees at OMERACT 9 strongly endorsed the importance of work as an outcome in arthritis. Consensus was reached (94% endorsement) for fielding a broader array of indicators of absenteeism. Twenty-one measures of at-work productivity loss, ranging from single item indicators to multidimensional scales, were reviewed for measurement properties. No set of at-work productivity measures was endorsed because of variability in the concepts captured, and the need for a better framework for the measurement of worker productivity that also incorporates contextual issues such as job demands and other paid and unpaid life responsibilities. Progress has been made in this area, revealing an ambivalent set of results that directed us back to the need to further define and then contextualize the measurement of worker productivity.
Language eng
DOI 10.3899/jrheum.090366
Field of Research 110322 Rheumatology and Arthritis
Socio Economic Objective 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 400391
Copyright notice ©2009, Journal of Rheumatology
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