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More than half of workforce adults surveyed reported experiencing headache, back pain, arthritis, or musculoskeletal related pain in the previous 2 weeks. 12.5% of the workforce reported that their pain caused a loss of productivity–an an average of 4.6 hours per week was lost. People with severe pain report missing an average of 5 to 5.9 more work days per year than people without pain.

Stewart W, Ricci J, Chee E, Morganstein D, et al. Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common Pain Conditions in the U.S. Workforce. JAMA. 2003; 290(19): 2443-54. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=197628

Reference

Title
Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common Pain Conditions in the U.S. Workforce
Publication
JAMA
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Stewart W, Ricci J, Chee E, Morganstein D, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 290, Issue 19
Pages
2443-54
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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