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Document ID (ISN)112088
CIS number 11-0677
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meijster T., van Duuren-Stuurman B., Heederik D., Houba R., Koningsveld E., Warren N., Tielemans E.
Title Cost-benefit analysis in occupational health: A comparison of intervention scenarios for occupational asthma and rhinitis among bakery workers
Bibliographic information Oct. 2011, Vol.68, No.10, p.739-745. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract Use of cost-benefit analysis in occupational health increases insight into the intervention strategy that maximizes the cost-benefit ratio. This study presents a methodological framework identifying the most important elements of a cost-benefit analysis for occupational health settings. The methodology was applied to two intervention strategies focused on reducing respiratory diseases. A cost-benefit framework was developed and used to set up a calculation spreadsheet containing the inputs and algorithms required to calculate the costs and benefits for all cost elements. Inputs from a large variety of sources were used to calculate total costs, total benefits, net costs and the benefit-to-costs ratio for both intervention scenarios. Implementation of a covenant intervention program resulted in a net benefit of 16,848,546 Euros over 20 years for a population of 10,000 workers. Implementation was cost-effective for all stakeholders. For a health surveillance scenario, total benefits resulting from a decreased disease burden were estimated to be 44,659,352 Euros. The study highlights the importance of considering different perspectives (employers, employees and other constituents among members of society) in assessing and sharing the costs and benefits of interventions.
Descriptors (primary) rhinitis; asthma; health programmes; bakery products industry; cost-benefit analysis
Descriptors (secondary) Netherlands; programme evaluation; reliability; economic aspects; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Economic aspects
Food industry