Association between co-morbidities and labour force participation amongst persons with back problems

Schofield, Deborah J., Callander, Emily J., Shrestha, Rupendra N., Passey, Megan E., Percival, Richard, and Kelly, Simon J. (2012) Association between co-morbidities and labour force participation amongst persons with back problems. Pain, 153 (10). pp. 2068-2072.

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Abstract

There are few studies that have looked at the occurrence of co-morbid conditions amongst patients with back problems. This study assesses the association between of a range of co-morbidities and the labour force participation rates of 45- to 64-year-old Australians with back problems. Logistic regression models were applied to the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) data to look at the relationship between chronic back problems, labour force participation and comorbidities. For some conditions, there is a significant increase in the chance of an individual being out of the labour force, relative to those with back problems alone. For example, an individual with back problems and heart disease is more than 10 times more likely to be out of the labour force than those with back problems alone (OR = 10.90, 95% CI = 2.91–40.79, P = .0004). Amongst conditions that have a significant impact on labour force participation rates, back problems and multiple co-morbidities are significantly more likely to cause persons with these conditions to be out of the labour force than those with back problems alone or those with no chronic health condition. It is important to consider which co-morbidities an individual has when assessing the impact of back problems on labour force participation, as co-morbid conditions vary in their association with labour force participation.

Item ID: 41330
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-6623
Keywords: co morbidities; back problems; labour force participation; health economics; living standards
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Pfizer
Projects and Grants: ARC LP07749193
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 02:24
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
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