Adolescent Spinal Pain-Related Absenteeism as an Antecedent for Early Adulthood Work Presenteeism

Darren Beales, Pieter Coenen, Anne Smith, Mark Harris, Glenn Pransky, Peter OʼSullivan, Leon Straker

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OBJECTIVES: This study investigated spinal pain-related absenteeism at age 17 as a potential precursor to work presenteeism at age 23. METHODS: A longitudinal study was performed with Raine Study Gen2 participants (n = 451). Spinal pain-related absenteeism from school/work was collected at the 17 year follow-up. Presenteeism (due to ill-health or any other reason) was collected quarterly during one year around the age of 23. Zero-inflated binominal regression analysis was conducted. RESULTS: Participants with adolescent spinal pain-related absenteeism reported higher work presenteeism in early adulthood than those without pain (155.7 h/y compared to 77.7 h/y), with an incident rate ratio (95% confidence interval) of 1.41 (1.04 to 1.92) after adjusting for sex, occupational class and multimorbidity count. CONCLUSIONS: Targeting factors associated with absenteeism behaviours during early life may have significant benefits for future work productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1051
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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