Measuring work productivity with a mental health self-report measure

J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Jun;51(6):739-46. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181a83567.


Objective: To determine whether the Social Role (SR) Scale of the Outcome Questionnaire (OQ) can predict work productivity.

Methods: Employees at Utah State Hospital completed the OQ and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Scale (WPAI) once monthly for four months.

Results: The SR predicted the WPAI Presenteeism and Activity Impairment scales.

Conclusions: The SR can be used to estimate work productivity using tools like the Productivity Calculator. Specific relationships among measures and suggestions for future research are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Efficiency*
  • Employment*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Utah
  • Young Adult