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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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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Mental 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)|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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