Health Care Cost | Alcohol & Substance Misuse Evaluation Measures
Health care costs measures for alcohol and substance misuse1-4
In contrast with the worker productivity costs described above, health care costs are measures of the direct medical expenses of providing employee health care and preventive health programs.
- Determine costs and use for health care, such as screening, disability, hospital costs, inpatient and outpatient counseling, and treatment (e.g., medications) for alcohol and substance misuse related illness and disability
- Determine health care use and costs of participants before education and other programs are initiated and 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 participants before education and other programs are initiated and 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
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4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [Internet]. Washington, DC: [cited 2009 Nov 19]. Drug-Free Workplace Kit: Evaluate the Program: [about 4 screens].