Taking Care of Ill Dependents Carries Costs for Workers
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Time missed from work to care for ill family members is a frequent problem associated with economic costs, work impairments, and increased health risks for employees, reports a study.



Newswise - Time missed from work to care for ill family members is a frequent problem associated with economic costs, work impairments, and increased health risks for employees, reports a study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Led by Dr. Wayne N. Burton of Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, the researchers analyzed health risk data from more than 16,500 employees of a major financial services company. The study focused on the costs and consequences incurred by workers who missed work time to provide care for an ill dependent, such as a child or aged parent.

Overall, 10.6 percent of the workers had recently missed work time to care for an ill dependent. The missed work time averaged 7.7 hours-nearly a full work day-over the previous two weeks.

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