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

Cocker, Fiona, Sanderson, Kristy and LaMontagne, Anthony D. (2017) 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

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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 Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public health, environmental and occupational health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2021 00:06
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 01:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80523
DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000908

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