Measuring time input loss among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: validity and reliability of the Valuation of Lost Productivity questionnaire

J Occup Environ Med. 2011 May;53(5):530-6. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318218abf1.


Objective: To examine the validity and test-retest reliability of the Valuation of Lost Productivity (VOLP) questionnaire among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods: Absenteeism, presenteeism, and unpaid work loss due to health were measured. Patients with RA who had paid work at their recent follow-up were recruited from the Early RA Network cohort. The VOLP was administered on two occasions.

Results: A total of 152 patients were included in our analysis. The correlations between VOLP and function, pain, fatigue, and disease activity ranged 0.24 to 0.42. The correlations between VOLP and Work Productivity and Activity Impairment questionnaire were 0.57 for absenteeism, 0.42 for presenteeism, and 0.39 for unpaid work loss. The Kappa statistics were greater than 0.6 except for unpaid work loss.

Conclusions: This study provides evidence for the validity of the VOLP in measuring time input loss among people with RA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / economics*
  • Efficiency*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*