Workplace Indirect Cost Impacts of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms and Related Conditions

Jordan R. Kuiper, Annemarie G. Hirsch, Karen J Bandeen Roche, Agnes S. Sundaresan, Bruce K. Tan, Robert C. Kern, Robert P. Schleimer, Brian S Schwartz

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Evaluate associations of nasal and sinus and related symptoms, as well as selected health conditions which produce those symptoms, with total lost productive time (LPT) at work in the past 2 weeks.Methods:We used a cross-sectional analysis of 2402 currently working subjects. Self-reported physician diagnoses, condition statuses measured with standardized instruments, and symptom-based factor scores from an exploratory factor analysis were used in survey weighted log-binomial regression.Results:Pain and pressure, nasal blockage and discharge, and asthma and constitutional symptom factor scores as well as self-reported allergic rhinitis were associated with higher total LPT. Individuals who met operationalized criteria for multiple health conditions, especially chronic rhinosinusitis, had the greatest total LPT.Conclusions:Better management of these symptoms, and awareness of how they impact an individual's ability to perform job-functions in the workplace, could improve overall productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E333-E339
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume61
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Paranasal Sinuses
Workplace
Costs and Cost Analysis
Nasal Obstruction
Aptitude
Statistical Factor Analysis
Asthma
Cross-Sectional Studies
Physicians
Efficiency
Pressure
Pain
Health

Keywords

  • ENT
  • epidemiology
  • productivity
  • symptoms
  • workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Workplace Indirect Cost Impacts of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms and Related Conditions. / Kuiper, Jordan R.; Hirsch, Annemarie G.; Bandeen Roche, Karen J; Sundaresan, Agnes S.; Tan, Bruce K.; Kern, Robert C.; Schleimer, Robert P.; Schwartz, Brian S.

In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, Vol. 61, No. 8, 01.08.2019, p. E333-E339.

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Kuiper, Jordan R. ; Hirsch, Annemarie G. ; Bandeen Roche, Karen J ; Sundaresan, Agnes S. ; Tan, Bruce K. ; Kern, Robert C. ; Schleimer, Robert P. ; Schwartz, Brian S. / Workplace Indirect Cost Impacts of Nasal and Sinus Symptoms and Related Conditions. In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2019 ; Vol. 61, No. 8. pp. E333-E339.
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