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Estimating the economic benefits of eliminating job strain as a risk factor for depression

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Cocker, F and Sanderson, K and LaMontagne, AD, Estimating the economic benefits of eliminating job strain as a risk factor for depression, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59, (1) pp. 12-17. ISSN 1076-2752 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited

DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000908

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to quantify the economic benefits of eliminating job strain as a risk factor for depression, using published population-attributable risk estimates of depression attributable to job strain (13.2% for men, 17.2% for women).

Methods: Cohort simulation using state-transition Markov modeling estimated costs and health outcomes for employed persons who met criteria for lifetime DSM-IV major depression. A societal perspective over 1-year and lifetime time horizons was used.

Results: Among employed Australians, $890 million (5.8%) of the annual societal cost of depression was attributable to job strain. Employers bore the brunt of these costs, as they arose from lost productive time and increased risk of job turnover among employees experiencing depression.

Conclusions: Proven, practicable means exist to reduce job strain. The findings demonstrate likely financial benefits to employers for expanding psychosocial risk management, providing a financial incentive to complement and reinforce legal and ethical directives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Policy Economic Outcomes
Author:Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)
Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:117931
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2018-01-10
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