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Estimating MS-related work productivity loss and factors associated with work productivity loss in a representative Australian sample of people with multiple sclerosis

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Chen, J and Taylor, B and Palmer, AJ and Kirk-Brown, A and van Dijk, P and Simpson Jr, S and Blizzard, L and van der Mei, I, Estimating MS-related work productivity loss and factors associated with work productivity loss in a representative Australian sample of people with multiple sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis Journal, (June) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1352-4585 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1352458518781971

Abstract

Background: Little is known about the work productivity loss in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Objectives: To quantify the MS-related work productivity loss and to compare factors associated with labour force participation and work productivity loss.

Methods: Participants were from the Australian MS Longitudinal Study. MS-related work productivity loss included absenteeism (time missed from work) and presenteeism (reduced productivity while working). Data were analysed using log-binomial and Cragg hurdle regression.

Results: Among 740 MS employees, 56% experienced any work productivity loss due to MS in the past 4  weeks. The mean total work productivity loss was 2.5  days (14.2% lost productive time), absenteeism 0.6  days (3.4%) and presenteeism 1.9  days (10.8%)), leading to AU$6767 (US$4985, EURO€4578) loss per person annually. Multivariable analyses showed that work productivity was determined most strongly by symptoms, particularly 'fatigue and cognitive symptoms' and 'pain and sensory symptoms', while older age, and lower education level were also predictive of not being in the labour force.

Conclusion: MS-related presenteeism was three times higher than absenteeism, highlighting the importance of presenteeism being included in employment outcomes. The dominance of symptom severity as predictors of both work participation and productivity loss emphasises the need for improved management of symptoms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multiple sclerosis, absenteeism, fatigue, pain, presenteeism, symptoms, work productivity loss
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied Economics
Research Field:Health Economics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
UTAS Author:Chen, J (Miss Jing Chen)
UTAS Author:Taylor, B (Professor Bruce Taylor)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
UTAS Author:Simpson Jr, S (Dr Steve Simpson JR)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:van der Mei, I (Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
ID Code:126700
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-06-21
Last Modified:2019-02-25
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