Integrated Benefits Institute

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August 2009
IBI Research

The Impact of Chronic Health Conditions and Co-morbidity on Lost Work Time

Few employees suffering from health-related lost work time have only one chronic health condition that affects their productivity at work. We find that when chronic conditions group themselves into condition clusters (eight broad clusters of related conditions resulting from factor analysis), workers in IBI’s HPQ/HPQ-Select database, on average, have conditions spanning three diverse clusters. A striking 17% have conditions in five or more clusters. This Quick Study examines the implications for treatment and management of workforce chronic health conditions given the breadth and diversity of conditions found in the workforce.

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