Worker productivity outcome measures: OMERACT filter evidence and agenda for future research

Kenneth Tang, Annelies Boonen, Suzanne M M Verstappen, Reuben Escorpizo, Jolanda J. Luime, Diane Lacaille, Bruno Fautrel, Ailsa Bosworth, Mary Cifaldi, Monique A M Gignac, Cathy Hofstetter, Amye Leong, Pam Montie, Ingemar F. Peterson, Oana Purcaru, Claire Bombardier, Peter S. Tugwell, Dorcas E. Beaton

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    Abstract

    The objective of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Worker Productivity working group is to identify worker productivity outcome measures that meet the requirements of the OMERACT filter. At the OMERACT 11 Workshop, we focused on the at-work limitations/productivity component of worker productivity (i.e., presenteeism) - an area with diverse conceptualization and instrumentation approaches. Various approaches to quantify at-work limitations/productivity (e.g., single-item global and multi-item measures) were examined, and available evidence pertaining to OMERACT truth, discrimination, and feasibility were presented to conference participants. Four candidate global measures of presenteeism were put forth for a plenary vote to determine whether current evidence meets the OMERACT filter requirements. Presenteeism globals from the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire (72% support) and Rheumatoid Arthritis-specific Work Productivity Survey (71% support) were endorsed by conference participants; however, neither the presenteeism global item from the Health and Work Performance Questionnaire nor the Quantity and Quality method achieved the level of support required for endorsement at the present time. The plenary was also asked whether the central item from the Work Ability Index should also be considered as a candidate measure for potential endorsement in the future. Of participants at the plenary, 70% supported this presenteeism global measure. Progress was also made in other areas through discussions at individual breakout sessions. Topics examined include the merits of various multi-item measures of at-work limitations/productivity, methodological issues related to interpretability of outcome scores, and approaches to appraise and classify contextual factors of worker productivity. Feedback gathered from conference participants will inform the future research agenda of the working group. The Journal of Rheumatology Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-176
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Rheumatology
    Volume41
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

    Keywords

    • Absenteeism
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Presenteeism
    • Reliability and validity
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Work productivity

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