RETHINKING HEALTHCARE TO BOOST WORK PRODUCTIVITY
Given the economic impact on patients and caregivers as a result of chronic conditions, employers and healthcare stakeholders are working together to develop innovative employment initiatives to keep people healthy and productive.
In Belgium, a new project called Activ84worK (sic) has developed tele-work platforms so patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis can work from home. The project aims to show that keeping IBD patients well-integrated at work improves their employability and, over time, ensures they remain in their careers. With fewer long-term absences due to illness, employers will see better productivity levels and social welfare costs will drop.
In Norway, AbbVie has partnered with stakeholders including the municipality of Oppegaard to study the socioeconomic impact of full-time employees who also care for chronically-ill family members. The goal: helping carers balance their work and care responsibilities. Results from the study demonstrate that carers are often highly-motivated workers who generally want to work full-time. Developing supportive measures such as flexible working hours, compensatory time off and paid leave could improve their chances of remaining in the workforce. Based on the results of the study, AbbVie Norway is working with several municipalities to encourage and develop such measures.
EU White Paper
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.