Database Name: MarketScan® Health and Productivity Management/MarketScan® Health Risk Assessment

Database Name: MarketScan® Health and Productivity Management/MarketScan® Health Risk Assessment


Data Source

Subset of MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters database contributors; comes from Thomson Reuters.

Overview of data contents

Contains absenteesism, short-term disability, workmen's compensation. Contains linked claims and self-reported biometrics and health behavior data for a subset of the Commercial Claims.

Patient ages included

0-65 years

Practice setting

Data is linked to medical and pharmacy utilization data.

Date range available

Data is longitudinal, started in 1996 and data collection is ongoing.

Relevant Work

Example Publications

Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Asche C, Courey M. The impact of laryngeal disorders on work-related dysfunction. Laryngoscope. 2012;122:1589-94.

OREBM Committee member(s) with experience

Greg Davis, MD, MPH


Cost estimate(s)

Databases are not free, roughly $15,000 for each.

Contact/website information

MarketScan® is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters (Healthcare) Inc.


Ease of use

This dataset requires an experienced programmer - initial data may need to be cleaned of duplicate patients and commercial and Medicare databases merged if using both. Data management is time consuming. A data dictionary is provided with definitions of all variables including Red Book which contains medications and their identifiers.

Data analysis

Longitudinal data is provided. Weighting is also provided. Need to determine cohort and variables of interest and definitions a priori to minimize need for reprogramming due to time consuming nature of data analysis.


Longitudinal data linked at the individual level across providers including cost information.


Length of time for data management. Original data must be destroyed after 12 months. Datasets created from the original data can be used as long as consistent with original proposal/contract Thomson Reuters. No ethnicity data (only in the Medicaid portion which is at an additional cost).