Arthritis is a leading cause of work disability and makes up a significant amount of the socioeconomic cost and health burden to the working age population. Worker productivity is a combination of time off work (absenteeism) due to an illness and time at work, but with reduced levels of productivity (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. Unfortunatley, the devolpment of a work outcome measurement that can be used to calculate cost and determine levels or states of productivity loss to accurately measure the influence of arthritis and advance arthritis care doesn’t exist yet. OMERACT initiated a process aiming to achieve consensus on an approach to assess worker productivity in patients with rheumatic diseases. No single worker productivity measure was endorsed because of variability in the concepts captured. 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 was raised. There are several organizations around the world working on an improvement in the measurement of worker and work productivity including the OMERACT and the International Canadian Arthritis Network alliance around WORK outcomes (ICANwork) group. This study group will discuss the studies and findings of these organizations and outline possible measurements of worker productivity.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- recognize the difference between work and worker productivity
- discuss the methodology around the measurement of work and worker productivity
- explain the framework for the measurement of work productivity
- identify which cost calculation to use: human capital and friction cost method
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