Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Based on their survey results,
Dr Stewart and colleagues1 estimated that
13% of the US workforce experienced a loss of productive time during a 2-week
period due to a common pain condition.
I am concerned that the authors' broad definitions of well-being and
pain conditions seems overly subjective; diagnostic validation for chronic
conditions like arthritis would have been helpful. Furthermore, respondents
may have been biased by prevailing perceptions of work and disability within
their particular field of employment. The author's broad classification of
workers into white-collar and blue-collar categories may not necessarily capture
the differences in their industry-specific definitions of type of work, expected
and actual work hours, compensation and reward criteria, and performance.
Roy S. Loss of Productive Time Due to Pain. JAMA. 2004;291(6):694. doi:10.1001/jama.291.6.694-a