Employer Benefits from an Early Intervention Program for Depression: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Emily J. Callander, Daniel B. Lindsay, Paul A. Scuffham

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

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