Employer benefits from an early intervention program for depression: a cost-benefit analysis

Callander, Emily J., Lindsay, Daniel B., and Scuffham , Paul A. (2017) Employer benefits from an early intervention program for depression: a cost-benefit analysis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59 (3). pp. 246-249.

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Objective: The Work Outcomes Research Cost-benefit (WORC) project aimed to determine if early intervention for depression influenced workforce productivity in full-time employees. The current study aims to examine whether this intervention is cost-effective.

Methods: A cost-benefit analysis of the WORC project from the employer's perspective was undertaken, taking into account intervention costs and associated gains due to increased workforce productivity from baseline to 12-month follow-up.

Results: Both the single intervention and case management groups were found to have a decrease in time lost at work due to presenteeism. This contributed to net gains resulting from increased workforce productivity in both intervention groups.

Conclusions: The results suggest that the WORC intervention was cost-effective. A similar intervention to that described here may be beneficial to employers who are seeking to increase workforce productivity.

Item ID: 47695
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1536-5948
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 00:29
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380108 Health economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
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