270037 Diabetes - how employers can defuse a looming time bomb in their workforce

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kimberly Jinnett, PhD , Integrated Benefits Institute, San Francisco, CA
This study draws upon a dataset containing 99,558 responses across 55 employers with an average of 1,810 responses per employer. Data collected in calendar year 2009 contain information on health risks, biometrics and self-reported absence and job performance. We explored the productivity-related outcomes (absence and job performance) for employees with diabetes compared to those without diabetes. We find that levels of awareness of diabetes varies for individuals with different co-morbid chronic conditions. The models control for age, gender, occupation, body mass and the presence of 20 chronic conditions. All else equal, the likelihood of diabetes generally increases with body mass index and is highest for individuals with the following self-reported chronic health conditions: hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, GERD, sleeping disorders and anxiety. Employers can influence both the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and help control the effects of diabetes for their employees who are already diagnosed. Diabetes awareness systematically varied by chronic co-morbidities, for examples, individuals with migraines and headaches had the lowest awareness level of their own diabetes whereas those with obesity had the highest. Awareness campaigns among providers targeting other chronic conditions besides diabetes may also be warranted.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Describe gap between self-reported diabetes and likely diagnoses based on biometrics data among a sample of employees Explain work-related productivity implications of diabetes

Keywords: Diabetes, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the primary author of the study and have been conducting health services research since 1993.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.