SOURCE: Kantar Health

Kantar Health

May 17, 2010 09:00 ET

Diabetes Has Significant Negative Impact on Work Productivity in China and Japan

New Results From the National Health and Wellness Survey Show Diabetes Affects Absenteeism, Presenteeism and Employee Status

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - A diagnosis of diabetes presents a significant and negative impact on employment status and work productivity in China and Japan, according to the National Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by Kantar Health and presented today at the 15th Annual ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. However, the impact of diabetes is quantitatively stronger in urban China than in Japan.

"Few studies have examined the population-wide burden of diabetes in Asian markets, particularly in China," says Marco DiBonaventura, Ph.D., Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Kantar Health. "Our results suggest that, even after controlling for factors such as age and comorbidities, the presence of diabetes was inversely associated with employment and positively associated with productivity loss. This effect was more dramatic in urban China."

The National Health and Wellness Survey revealed that the diagnosis of diabetes had a significant negative impact on absenteeism (missed work time due to ill health) in both urban China and Japan, although the impact was substantially greater in urban China. Additionally, in urban China, a diagnosis of diabetes increased the likelihood of presenteeism (the extent to which an employee's productivity is compromised or diminished because of their health status).

Findings showed employees in urban China were also more likely to miss work because of diabetic complications compared with their other health risk factors such as obesity, smoking or alcohol use. In Japan, however, obesity was a greater source of absenteeism than diabetes.

"Although diabetes prevalence continues to rise worldwide, the rate of increase is expected to be greater in the Western Pacific than in both North America and Europe," says Dr. DiBonaventura. "As a result, it is especially important to identify pre-diabetic patients to ensure proper intervention such that these productivity losses are mitigated."

About the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS)
The study's results were drawn from the 2008 Japan National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS) and the 2009 urban China NHWS, a nationally representative, self-administered survey conducted annually via the Internet and in person surveys. Topics covered include the health status, attitudes, behaviors and outcomes among adults 18 or older.

Kantar Health conducts NHWS annually in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The survey is the largest self-reported database in the healthcare industry.

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Kantar Health is a leading healthcare-focused global consultancy, specializing in portfolio optimization, market access, safety and outcomes, and brand and customer insights. Formed by uniting Consumer Health Sciences, MattsonJack, TNS Healthcare and Ziment, it is the next-generation decision support partner to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, delivering evidence-based guidance to support clients' global and local success.

With 40+ offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Kantar Health provides the broadest global footprint, coupled with the strongest local knowledge to help drive clients' maximum performance at the local level. Market-leading solutions ensure optimal decisions and actions across the brand life cycle, from assessing opportunities and sizing markets... to developing products and building access strategies... to positioning brands and creating messaging... to managing stakeholder relationships and monitoring treatment outcomes.

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