Integrated Absence Management: A Human Approach

DMEC Staff@Work

A Human Approach to Data-Driven Disability Management

By Dr. Glenn Pransky

Scientific Advisor
Lincoln Financial Group

By Rebecca Tardiff, FSA

AVP, Data Insights & Analytics Services
Lincoln Financial Group

The revolution in data science is creating new opportunities to improve disability management. Combining new data capabilities with a human-centered approach can help benefit managers make a difference in disability outcomes.

Since the advent of disability duration guidelines, researchers have sought to improve  predictions, as most common conditions have a wide range of leave durations.1 Studies of return-to-work (RTW) timing for low back pain, heart disease, and other conditions showed that predictive accuracy was improved by adding age, gender, job tenure, industry, occupation, prior injuries, severity of condition, and comorbidities.

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