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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Published - 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health