Estimating the net benefit of a specialized return-to-work program for workers on short-term disability related to a mental disorder: An example exploring investment in collaborative care

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: This article estimates the net benefit for a company incorporating a collaborative care model into its return-to-work program for workers on short-term disability related to a mental disorder. METHODS:: Employing a simple decision model, the net benefit and uncertainty were explored. RESULTS:: The breakeven point occurs when the average short-term disability episode is reduced by at least 7 days. In addition, 85% of the time, benefits could outweigh costs. CONCLUSIONS:: Model results and sensitivity analyses indicate that organizational benefits can be greater than the costs of incorporating a collaborative care model into a return-to-work program for workers on short-term disability related to a mental disorder. The results also demonstrate how the probability of a program's effectiveness and the magnitude of its effectiveness are key factors that determine whether the benefits of a program outweigh its costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-631
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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