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Work productivity and activity impairment in gastroesophageal reflux disease in Korean full-time employees: A multicentre study

Title
Work productivity and activity impairment in gastroesophageal reflux disease in Korean full-time employees: A multicentre study
Authors
Shin W.G.Kim H.U.Kim S.G.Kim G.H.Shim K.-N.Kim J.W.Kim J.I.Kim J.G.Kim J.J.Yim D.-H.Park S.K.Park S.-H.
Ewha Authors
심기남
SCOPUS Author ID
심기남scopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
Digestive and Liver Disease
ISSN
1590-8658JCR Link
Citation
vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 286 - 291
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Introduction: The costs of gastroesophageal reflux disease have not been assessed in Asia, even though the prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease is gradually increasing. We evaluated work presenteeism and absenteeism as indirect costs of gastroesophageal reflux disease in Korea. Methods: This was a cross-sectional and multicentre study using patient-reported outcome instruments. A total of 1009 full-time employees who visited the gastrointestinal department for any reason (281 patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease and 728 controls) were included. Main outcomes were presenteeism and absenteeism measured as work productivity loss and monetary cost per week. Results: Absenteeism and presenteeism were significantly higher in the gastroesophageal reflux disease than the control group (1.49% vs. 0.46%, P= 0.0010; 34.13% vs. 9.23%, P< 0.0001). Loss of work productivity was significantly greater in the gastroesophageal reflux disease than the control group (33.09% vs. 9.02%; P< 0.0001). This loss of work productivity difference between the two groups represented an additional productivity loss of 11.7. h/week in the gastroesophageal reflux disease group compared with the control group. Assuming average hourly wages of $14.12, the weekly burden of gastroesophageal reflux disease reached $165.07 per person. Conclusions: Gastroesophageal reflux disease was associated with substantial work productivity loss, mainly due to presenteeism rather than absenteeism, in Korean full-time employees. © 2011 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l.
DOI
10.1016/j.dld.2011.10.027
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