Presenteeism: Measuring Employee Productivity
Debra Lerner, MS, PhD
Director, Program in Health, Work & Productivity
Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Research & Health Policy Studies
Debra Lerner, MS, PhD is a Senior Scientist within the Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS), where she directs the Program on Health, Work and Productivity. She is also a Professor within the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry within the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Lerner is a leader in research concerning the work and productivity impact of health problems. Under her leadership, Dr. Lerner and her colleagues developed the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ). The WLQ is used throughout the world and has become a standard of measurement. WLQ users include employers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, health and wellness providers and academic researchers. Hundred of thousands of employees complete the WLQ annually as part of routine health assessment and corporate health strategy.
In addition, Dr. Lerner’s program team has developed a new program aimed at preventing productivity loss due to depression. The effectiveness and economic impact of this program is being tested in the United States in multiple companies. Sponsorship for this research has been provided by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Lerner’s program is involved in health and productivity improvement projects with employers and other high profile organizations such as Aetna, Mayo Clinic Health Care Solutions, Ortho-McNeil Janssen and many health and wellness firms.