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J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Jul;47(7):658-70.

The burden of pain on employee health and productivity at a major provider of business services.

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  • 1The Harris Allen Group, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446, USA. harris-allen@msn.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to examine the burden of pain on employee health and productivity at a Fortune 100 company headquartered in the northeastern United States to prioritize target areas for reducing this burden.

METHODS:

An electronic survey was conducted in late 2004, which produced a reasonably representative national sample of 1039 active employee respondents.

RESULTS:

A total of 28.6% of respondents met the study definition for pain. Pain was linked to: 1) drops of more than 45% and 23%, respectively, in Overall Physical and Mental Health; 2) a fivefold increase in health-induced limitations in work performance; and 3) nearly three and two thirds workdays lost to presenteeism and absenteeism over a 4-week period. Afflicted workers displayed considerable room for improvement in their capacity for pain control and management.

CONCLUSIONS:

The prevalence of pain and its impact on those with the condition combine to make it an area of much opportunity for improving workforce health and productivity. Musculoskeletal diseases offer a promising initial target for corporate intervention.

PMID:
16010193
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