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Multimorbidity and Health Care Service Utilization in the Australian Workforce

Wang, L, Palmer, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-9703-7891, Otahal, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4042-1769, Cocker, F ORCID: 0000-0002-2889-2114 and Sanderson, K ORCID: 0000-0002-3132-2745 2017 , 'Multimorbidity and Health Care Service Utilization in the Australian Workforce' , Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 59, no. 8 , pp. 795-802 , doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001089.

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to understand the patterns of healthcare service utilization in employees with multimorbidity. Methods: Datawere obtained from the 2011 to 2012 cross-sectional Australian NationalHealth Survey. Past-month health care service utilization was collected foreach chronic condition from a pre-specified list. Descriptive, logistic, andPoisson regression analyses were used. The data were weighted to producenationally representative estimates. Results: Multimorbid employees witharthritis had higher adjusted arthritis-specific general practitioner (GP) visitrates [rate ratio (RR)¼ 1.7, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) ¼ 1.1 to 2.2,P P P Conclusions: Given theincreasing number of employees managing work and chronic illnesses, thesefindings have implications for health services and employers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wang, L and Palmer, AJ and Otahal, P and Cocker, F and Sanderson, K
Keywords: multimorbidity, health service use
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 1076-2752
DOI / ID Number: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001089
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