Stoner, K. Ricci and Chee use the Caremark American Productivity Audit, a phone interview that included several questions regarding health-related reduced work performance.
In addition, knowledge of the progress that has been made in achieving safe and efficacious outcomes in bariatric surgery is not widely known by the nonsurgical medical community. Beamish, E. Cone, K. Niemeier, and R. Shaw, G.
In an article from Medical Economics, Dr. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 13 3 These examples illustrate the substantial differences found across studies that provide disaggregated estimates for direct and indirect costs of obesity, as well as absenteeism and other sub-categories of indirect costs.
In order to identify a causal relationship between obesity and absenteeism, authors control for a list of observables that also affect absenteeism; some authors employ econometric models other than standard ordinary least squares OLS regressions in order to control for endogeneity of weight in determining work absence.
The institution or addition of lifestyle intervention as well as pharmacotherapy to patients desiring additional weight loss beyond that maintained by their bariatric surgical procedure is a viable intervention that requires further research.