The impact of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on work productivity is increasingly important, as symptoms affect individuals in their productive years of life.
In this study, researchers from the United States assessed the impact of GERD on work productivity. They also identified predictors of reduced productivity.
The research team selected a sample of employed individuals, who reported chronic heartburn, from US household mail survey respondents.
Participants recorded heartburn severity and frequency using a diary.
|More than 48% of respondents with severe symptoms reported reduced productivity.|
|Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
The team assessed work productivity using the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire for Patients with Symptoms of GERD.
They also evaluated predictors of reduced productivity.
The researchers found that over 30% of heartburn sufferers reported reduced productivity.
They found that individuals with symptoms of GERD reported 6% reduced productivity, attributable to symptoms.
Furthermore, more than 48% of respondents with severe symptoms reported reduced productivity. This was compared with 40% of respondents with moderate symptoms and 12% of respondents with mild symptoms.
The team determined the symptom severity, younger age, and nocturnal symptoms were all associated with increased odds of reduced productivity.
In addition, in participants reporting nocturnal heartburn, medication use and sleep interference increased the odds of reduced productivity.
Dr Dean’s team concluded, “Reduced work productivity is seen in a large proportion of subjects on prescription medication for gastroesophageal reflux disease”.
“Symptom severity and nocturnal heartburn are significantly associated with reduced work productivity, particularly when nocturnal heartburn interferes with sleep”.