Measuring the impact of arthritis on worker productivity : perspectives, methodologic issues and contextual factors

Tang, Kenneth, Escorpizo, Reuben, Beaton, Dorcas E., Bombardier, Claire, Lacaille, Diane, Zhang, Wei, Anis, Aslam H., Boonen, Annelies, Verstappen, Suzanne M. M., Buchbinder, Rachelle, Osborne, Richard H., Fautrel, Bruno, Gignac, Monique A. M. and Tugwell, Peter S. 2011, Measuring the impact of arthritis on worker productivity : perspectives, methodologic issues and contextual factors, Journal of rheumatology, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1776-1790, doi: 10.3899/jrheum.110405.

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Title Measuring the impact of arthritis on worker productivity : perspectives, methodologic issues and contextual factors
Author(s) Tang, Kenneth
Escorpizo, Reuben
Beaton, Dorcas E.
Bombardier, Claire
Lacaille, Diane
Zhang, Wei
Anis, Aslam H.
Boonen, Annelies
Verstappen, Suzanne M. M.
Buchbinder, Rachelle
Osborne, Richard H.
Fautrel, Bruno
Gignac, Monique A. M.
Tugwell, Peter S.
Journal name Journal of rheumatology
Volume number 38
Issue number 8
Start page 1776
End page 1790
Total pages 15
Publisher Journal of Rheumatology Publishing Co. Ltd.
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 0315-162X
Keyword(s) absenteeism
rheumatoid arthiritis
work productivity
Summary Leading up to the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) 10 meeting, the goal of the Worker Productivity Special Interest Group (WP-SIG) was to make progress on 3 key issues that relate to the application and interpretation of worker productivity outcomes in arthritis: (1) to review existing conceptual frameworks to help consolidate our intended target and scope of measurement; (2) to examine the methodologic issues associated with our goal of combining multiple indicators of worker productivity loss (e.g., absenteeism <—> presenteeism) into a single comprehensive outcome; and (3) to examine the relevant contextual factors of work and potential implications for the interpretation of scores derived from existing outcome measures. Progress was made on all 3 issues at OMERACT 10. We identified 3 theoretical frameworks that offered unique but converging perspectives on worker productivity loss and/or work disability to provide guidance with classification, selection, and future recommendation of outcomes. Several measurement and analytic approaches to combine absenteeism and presenteeism outcomes were proposed, and the need for further validation of such approaches was also recognized. Finally, participants at the WP-SIG were engaged to brainstorm and provide preliminary endorsements to support key contextual factors of worker productivity through an anonymous “dot voting” exercise. A total of 24 specific factors were identified, with 16 receiving ≥ 1 vote among members, reflecting highly diverse views on specific factors that were considered most important. Moving forward, further progress on these issues remains a priority to help inform the best application of worker productivity outcomes in arthritis research.
Language eng
DOI 10.3899/jrheum.110405
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 400391
Copyright notice ©2011, The Journal of Rheumatology
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