Employer Benefits From an Early Intervention Program for Depression: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Mar;59(3):246-249. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000939.


Objective: The Work Outcomes Research Cost-benefit (WORC) project aimed to determine if early intervention for depression influenced workforce productivity in full-time employees. The current study aims to examine whether this intervention is cost-effective.

Methods: A cost-benefit analysis of the WORC project from the employer's perspective was undertaken, taking into account intervention costs and associated gains due to increased workforce productivity from baseline to 12-month follow-up.

Results: Both the single intervention and case management groups were found to have a decrease in time lost at work due to presenteeism. This contributed to net gains resulting from increased workforce productivity in both intervention groups.

Conclusions: The results suggest that the WORC intervention was cost-effective. A similar intervention to that described here may be beneficial to employers who are seeking to increase workforce productivity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Counseling / economics*
  • Depression / economics*
  • Depression / prevention & control*
  • Efficiency
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health / economics*
  • Presenteeism / economics*
  • Presenteeism / statistics & numerical data