Absenteeism-Related Wage Loss Associated With Multimorbidity Among Employed Adults in the United States

Rowida Mohamed, Jayeshkumar Patel, Nazneen Fatima Shaikh, Usha Sambamoorthi

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental absenteeism-related wage loss associated with multimorbidity and examine the influence of paid sick leave policy (PSLP) on multimorbidity-associated absenteeism wage loss. METHODS: We used the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2015 data. Two-part generalized linear models (GLM) were employed, using binomial distribution and gamma distribution with a log link. RESULTS: Nationally, multimorbidity was associated with a $9 billion incremental absenteeism-related wage loss annually among working adults. Absenteeism-related wage loss was higher among those with multimorbidity than those without multimorbidity. The incremental annual absenteeism-related wage loss associated with multimorbidity was lower in settings that offered paid sick leave than that did not offer paid sick leaves. CONCLUSION: Multimorbidity is associated with higher absenteeism-related wage loss. Paid sick leave policies can reduce the impact of multimorbidity on absenteeism-related wage loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-513
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume63
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021

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