Dr. Weaver’s joint research and publication with the Baylor Business School was recently awarded a top honor at the Academy of Management. Their submission was recognized as one of the top 5 papers out of the 1000 papers submitted.
Title of paper: "The Cost Of Work's Tense Triad On Employee Healthcare Utilization"
Along with the Baylor University Business School, Dr. Weaver researched both working FHC patients as well as FHC employees, looking at the impact of work and family factors on healthcare utilization. This research suggests that job pressure, abusive supervision, and work-family conflict all relate to burnout, which can then lead to chronic pain and disease, and thus to greater use of prescriptions used to treat these conditions and to more frequent visits to a medical professional.
The committee making this award noted: "This study goes beyond self-report and examines employees objective expenditures and healthcare utilization as dependent variables, which is a very novel approach. It then links several different variables widely studied in OB (Organizational Behavior) to these outcomes employing burnout and Conservation of Resources Theory as the over-arching theoretical mechanism that ties this all into place. Healthcare utilization is a very critical national outcome and it is valuable to have someone show a direct and theoretically sound relationship to many of our central constructs and this outcome in a rigorous way."