Health Care Cost | Depression Evaluation Measures
Health care costs measures for depression1-3
In contrast with the worker productivity costs described above, health care costs are measures of the direct expenses of providing employee health care and preventive health programs.
- Determine costs and use for health care, such as screening, disability, health care costs, counseling, and treatment (e.g., medications) for depression related illness and disability
- Determine health care use and costs of employee participants before education and other programs are initiated with the same measures after operation of these programs
- Periodic repeats of baseline measures
- Assess changes in health care use and costs from baseline
- Compare health care use and costs of employee participants before education and other programs are initiated with the same measures after operation of these programs
- These measures may be affected by other circumstances, such as national education programs or changes in operation at the worksite, so they should be interpreted with caution
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Framework for program evaluation in public health. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1999;48(No. RR-11): 1-40.
2. Matson Koffman DM, Lanza A, Campbell KP. A Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: A tool to improve health care coverage for prevention. Preventing Chronic Disease, April 2008; 5(2).
3. Goetzel RZ, Ozminkowski RJ. Program evaluation. In: O’Donnell MP, editor. Health promotion in the workplace, 3rd edition. Albany, NY: Delmar Thomson Learning; 2002. p 116-165.