Effects of presenteeism in chronic occupational musculoskeletal disorders: Stay at work is validated

Krista J. Howard, Tom G. Mayer, Robert Joseph Gatchel

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OBJECTIVE: The present study takes a new approach to understanding how presenteeism relates to chronic pain or disability patient outcomes. METHODS: The sample consisted of 2191 consecutive chronic disabling musculoskeletal disorder patients, classified as either presentees (N = 704), or absentees (N = 1487), who were admitted to a functional restoration program. The measures included medical evaluations, demographic data, psychiatric diagnoses at admission, an 1 year follow-up socioeconomic outcome assessment and validated questionnaires evaluating pain, depression, and function. RESULTS: The findings revealed that patients classified as presentees were significantly more likely to complete the prescribed functional restoration treatment program, to return to work (full-duty or full-time), to retain work 1-year posttreatment, and not to have a decrease in job demand from preinjury to posttreatment. CONCLUSIONS: Both employees and employers will benefit if the ill or injured employee stays at work postinjury in lieu of short- or long-term disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-731
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

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Mental Disorders
Chronic Pain
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Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Depression
Pain
Presenteeism
Therapeutics
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Howard, Krista J. ; Mayer, Tom G. ; Gatchel, Robert Joseph. / Effects of presenteeism in chronic occupational musculoskeletal disorders : Stay at work is validated. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 724-731.
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In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 51, No. 6, 01.01.2009, p. 724-731.

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