Silver Book Fact

Pain is a leading cause of medically-related work absenteeism–results in more than 50 million lost workdays each year.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. Pain and Absenteeism in the Workplace. Lous Harris & Associates; 1997

Reference

Title
Pain and Absenteeism in the Workplace
Publisher
Lous Harris & Associates
Publication Date
1997
Authors
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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