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Uncovering Gender Differences in the Mental Health Toll of COVID-19

May 28, 2021|

Uncovering Gender Differences in the Mental Health Toll of COVID-19 A Preview into IBI’s Research on Mental Health Dr. Joe Aller, DHA, MBA, CPA Director, Analytics and Research, IBI Recent data from the CDC shows the number of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression has quadrupled from pre-pandemic levels. Information for employers on [...]

Patients as Experts: The Evidence for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain

Apr 1, 2021|

Patients as Experts: The Evidence for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain Brian Gifford , Ph.D., Director, Research and Analytics, IBI The workforce burden of musculoskeletal disorders and pain In 2018, one in four working-age Americans sought care for musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) such as back pain and arthritis. MSK disorders account for one in five short-term disability [...]

Announcing IBI’s 2021 Research Agenda

Feb 16, 2021|

Announcing IBI’s 2021 Research Agenda Kelly McDevitt, IBI President The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything about how we work and do business. It has removed the boundaries between office and home life, shifted working arrangements and programs online, and greatly altered the kind of support employees need to stay healthy and engaged. Throughout [...]

Another Way to Measure Employee Productivity Could Benefit Employers

Jan 25, 2021|

Another Way to Measure Employee Productivity Could Benefit Employers Nicole Nicksic, PhD, MPH Research Lead IBI is based on the premise that “productive, healthy employees promote healthy business”. If that looks familiar, it should be—it is the slogan on our website homepage. We recognize that high productivity is critical to business success, and good [...]

We All Have a Part to Play in Reducing Health Inequities in the Workforce

Jan 19, 2021|

We All Have a Part to Play in Reducing Health Inequities in the WorkforceBrian Gifford Ph.D.Director, Research and AnalyticsIn a Health Affairs Blog article, Dr. Bruce Sherman and several co-authors at IBM Watson Health issued an important call to action titled “Race and Ethnicity Must Be Included In Employee Health Data Analyses.” They not only [...]

Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout will Require Thoughtfulness and Patience

Jan 11, 2021|

Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout will Require Thoughtfulness and Patience Erin Peterson Researcher By now we’ve all heard about the two vaccines that are making their way into the US healthcare system, albeit slowly. While promising, we can’t expect them to be a cure for the pandemic – at least not yet.  Vaccines: Who [...]

Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities

Aug 25, 2020|

Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities Erin Peterson Researcher Continued measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus have led to disruptions and delays in health care—especially in preventive care where missed or later diagnosis will likely result in poorer clinical outcomes. Preventive screenings help to identify the onset [...]

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others

Jul 30, 2020|

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others Nicole Nicksic, PhD, MPH Research Lead The aging population, changing workforce demographics, and soaring health care costs place enormous burdens upon U.S. employees who juggle work responsibilities with providing care for an elderly or ill family member. A study published in Health Affairs [...]

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research

Jul 13, 2020|

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research By: IBI Research Team In October 2019, when members of IBI’s Research Committee proposed a study of employees who provide informal care to an elderly or seriously ill family member, the intent was to draw attention to the health and productivity implications [...]

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