Author(s): Lerner D, Allaire SH, Reisine ST
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To describe current programs and policies for addressing work disability among adults with chronic health conditions, and to identify opportunities for new research aimed at reducing the problem. METHODS: The authors conducted secondary data analysis and a literature review. RESULTS: Millions of Americans with a chronic health condition have a work disability or are at risk of developing one. This public health problem is costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year nationally in lost productivity and diminishing the quality of life of millions of Americans. The medical care system, employers, and government--three traditional sources of help for adults with chronic health problems--are not sufficiently oriented toward the primary or secondary prevention of work disability. CONCLUSIONS: New research is urgently needed to reduce the burden of work disability on individuals and society.
This article was published in J Occup Environ Med
and referenced in Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education