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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181db7d57
Original Articles

Measuring Productivity Loss Due to Health: A Multi-Method Approach.

Neftzger, Amy L. MA; Walker, Shannon MA

Continued Medical Education
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Objective: Although current assessments of health-related productivity loss (HRPL) are useful for some jobs, an alternate approach is suggested for certain types of jobs, such as managerial or knowledge workers. A decision approach is also needed to determine which methodology to use.

Method: The authors applied some established human performance theories to modify HRPL measurement methodology to improve the HRPL cost estimates.

Results: A model is proposed to aid decision-making on whether to use current HRPL measures or apply a multi-method approach that involves using a hybrid of current and new methodologies. A decision framework for determining which HRPL methods to use with different jobs is included.

Conclusions: HRPL measurement precision may be improved by incorporating additional approaches to obtain more accurate calculations of ROI.

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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