Return on investment (ROI) and development of a workplace disability management program in a hospital—a pilot evaluation study

Vincenzo Camisa, Francesco Gilardi, Eugenio Di Brino, Annapaola Santoro, Maria Rosaria Vinci, Serena Sannino, Natalia Bianchi, Valentina Mesolella, Nadia Macina, Michela Focarelli, Rita Brugaletta, Massimiliano Raponi, Livia Ferri, Americo Cicchetti, Nicola Magnavita, Salvatore Zaffina

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Abstract

The progressive ageing of the working population and the increase in related chronic diseases tend to affect working capacity. The aim of this study was to evaluate a Workplace Disability Management Program (WDMP) within a pediatric hospital. Absenteeism due to healthcare workers’ (HCWs) pre-and post-WDMP and the related costs were used for the program evaluation. The Return on Investment (ROI), the Break-Even Analysis (BEA) and the value of the average annual productivity of HCWs who took advantage of the Disability Management (DM) interventions to assess the economic impact of the program, were also used. The HCWs enrolled in the program were 131 (approximately 4% of hospital staff), of which 89.7% females and with an average age of 50.4 years (SD ± 8.99). Sick leave days of the HCWs involved decreased by 66.6% in the year following the end of WDMP compared to the previous one (p < 0.001). The total estimated cost reduction of absenteeism is 427,896 € over a year. ROI was equal to 27.66 €. BEA indicated that the break-even point was reached by implementing the program on 3.27 HCWs. The program evaluation demonstrated the particular effectiveness of the implemented WDMP model, acting positively on the variables that affect productivity and the limitation to work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8084
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020

Keywords

  • Absenteeism
  • Break-even analysis
  • Disability management
  • Healthcare workers
  • Return on investment
  • Return to productivity
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Workplace wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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