Integrated Absence Management: The Employer’s Role in Total Employee Health
By Adam Seidner, MD, MPH, CIC
Chief Medical Officer
Integrated absence management is more than just a process to coordinate or integrate employee benefits. Truly helping employees prevent disability, stay at work, or return to work (RTW) requires an understanding of the forces impacting an individual’s health or illness.
As the North American workforce ages, the burden of chronic disease in the population is rising. Episodes of prolonged disability due to depression, lower back pain, and other common conditions are becoming more frequent. Although the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses has fallen steadily for the last several decades, the duration of disability following work-related injury has climbed, along with medical services and their costs.
Although many large employers have applied significant resources to promote general health in the workforce, the results have not been uniformly successful.1
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