The Association Between Chronic Conditions and Non-Agricultural Work Productivity Loss Among the Middle-Aged Chinese Population

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Objective:To measure the association between different chronic conditions and non-agricultural work productivity loss among the middle-aged Chinese population.Methods:We used 2011, 2013, and 2015 data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. The study focused on middle-aged respondents who had the potential to work in the non-agricultural sector. Work productivity loss was measured by non-agricultural work participation and number of absent workdays among those conducting non-agricultural work. Seven different chronic conditions were considered.Results:Heart diseases had the strongest association with lower work participation for men and women. Stomach/digestive disease and arthritis/rheumatism were conditions with the largest incremental absent workdays for men and women, respectively.Conclusions:The associations with non-agricultural work productivity loss varied by chronic conditions, outcomes, and sex. The findings will help motivate chronic condition prevention/management programs and set priorities.

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