Health & Work Productivity: Making the Business Case for Quality Health Care (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development)

Health & Work Productivity: Making the Business Case for Quality Health Care (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development)

by Ronald C. Kessler
     
 


A recent study of productivity in the workplace revealed that workers spend on average eight percent of their workday doing nothing. This statistic takes on greater significance when we find that health problems impact employee productivity loss by an even greater percentage. In light of this discovery, a group of leading experts from the emerging field… See more details below

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A recent study of productivity in the workplace revealed that workers spend on average eight percent of their workday doing nothing. This statistic takes on greater significance when we find that health problems impact employee productivity loss by an even greater percentage. In light of this discovery, a group of leading experts from the emerging field of health and productivity research argues that the expansion of health care benefits represents a substantial investment opportunity for employers.
 
Employers have traditionally thought of health care as a benefit, not an investment. Health and Work Productivity presents state-of-the-art health and productivity research that suggests interventions aimed at prevention, early detection, and best-practice treatment of workers along with an informed allocation strategy can produce significant cost-benefits for employers. Contributors cover all the major aspects of this new area of research: approaches to studying the effects of health on productivity, ways for employers to estimate the costs of productivity loss, concrete suggestions for future research developments in the area, and the implications of this research for public policy.

Offering a detailed summary of the latest in health and productivity research as well as an agenda for employers seeking to make health care investment a part of their overall business strategy, this volume constitutes the most significant contribution to date to put this research into practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226432120
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and De
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Intersecting Issues in the Evaluation of Health and Work Productivity
Ronald C. Kessler and Paul E. Stang
 
Part One - Approaches to Studying the Effects of Health on Worker Productivity
2. Linking Administrative Claim Data with Archival Productivity Measures to Inform Employer Decision-Making
Paul E. Greenberg and Howard G. Birnbaum
 
3. Simulation for Measurement of Occupational Performance
Jonathan Howland, Thomas W. Mangione, and Angela Laramie
 
4. Measuring Heath-Related Work Productivity with Self-Reports
Debra J. Lerner and Jennifer Lee
 
5. Use of the Experience Sampling Method in Studies of Illness and Work Performance
Philip S. Wang and Nancy A. Nicolson
 
6. Estimating the Dollar Costs of Productivity Losses Due to Illness: An Application of O*NET
Lance Anderson, Scott H. Oppler, and Andrew Rose
 
7. Labor-Market Consequences of Health Impairments
Thomas Deleire and Willard G. Manning
 
Part Two - Stakeholder Perspectives
8. Overcoming Barriers to Managing Health and Productivity in the Workplace
Dennis P. Scanlon
 
9. Investing in Health to Boost Employee Productivity: The Employer's Perspective
James F. Murray, Sean Nicholson, Mark Pauly, and Marc L. Berger
 
10. The Role of Health Plans in Linking Quality of Care to Labor Outcomes: Challenges and Opportunities
Arne Beck
 
11. The Pharmaceutical Industry and Productivity Research
Christopher J. Evans
 
12. A Regulatory Perspective on Productivity Claims: Implications for Future Productivity Research
Paul E. Stang, Paul E. Greenberg, Howard G. Birnbaum, Ronald C. Kessler, Lynn Hoffman, and Mei-Sheng Duh
 
13. Investing in Health to Promote Human Capital in Developing Countries: The Importance of Productivity and Health to the World Bank
Harvey Whiteford
 
Part Three - Conclusion
14. Future Directions in Health and Work Productivity Research
Ronald C. Kessler and Paul E. Stang
 
Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index

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