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Employment status matters: a statewide survey of quality-of-life, prevention behaviors, and absenteeism and presenteeism.

Authors
Merchant-JA; Kelly-KM; Burmeister-LF; Lozier-MJ; Amendola-A; Lind-DP; KcKeen-A; Slater-T; Hall-JL; Rohlman-DS; Buikema-BS
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2014 Jul; 56(7):686-698
NIOSHTIC No.
20044625
Abstract
Objective: To estimate quality-of-life (QoL), primary care, health insurance, prevention behaviors, absenteeism, and presenteeism in a statewide sample of the unemployed, self-employed, and organizationally employed. Methods: A statewide survey of 1602 Iowans included items from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention QoL and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey prevention behavior questionnaires used to assess employee well-being; their indicator results are related to World Health Organization's Health and Work Performance Questionnaire-derived absenteeism and presenteeism scores. Results: The unemployed exhibited poorer QoL and prevention behaviors; the self-employed exhibited many better QoL scores due largely to better prevention behaviors than those employed by organizations. Higher QoL measures and more prevention behaviors are associated with lower absenteeism and lower presenteeism. Conclusions: Employment status is related to measures of well-being, which are also associated with absenteeism and presenteeism.
Keywords
Total-Worker-Health; Worker-health; Employee-health; Health-surveys; Health-programs; Health-protection; Questionnaires; Health-care; Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Behavior; Worker-motivation; Quality-standards; Lost-work-days; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention
Contact
James A. Merchant, MD, DrPH, Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20140701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
james-merchant@uiowa.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008868; M072014
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, Iowa City
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