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
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.

Source: Dewa, Carolyn S. Hoch, Jeffrey S. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: June 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 6 - p 628–631.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000157

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