Employment productivity economic impact of secondary prevention interventions for musculoskeletal conditions
PHE ePoster Library. Hex N. 09/10/18; 221324; 282
Nick Hex
Nick Hex
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Abstract Introduction: 30.8 million working days were lost in the UK in 2016 due to musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. Back pain alone was estimated in 2000 to cost the UK economy £10 billion per year in work loss, absenteeism, reduced productivity and informal care.Methods: A literature review was carried out to identify cost-effective interventions that help to reduce complications associated with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, neck pain or back pain. The results were used to develop a return on investment tool to identify the resource and economic consequences of implementing relevant interventions, including employment productivity.Results: Three of the interventions identified were found to generate productivity benefits. The STarTBack stratified risk assessment method for back pain promotes appropriate management depending upon risk. Evidence shows the intervention saves 2,420 work days annually per 1,000 population at a value of £297,679 to the economy. Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs is a 12-week education course and other interventions on top of usual care. The intervention saves 8,460 work days per 1,000 population at a value of £1,040,580. Vocational Advice in Primary Care provides a structured approach to managing work-related issues, covering all MSK conditions. This intervention can save 4,000 work days per 1,000 population, at a value of £492,000 to the economy.Conclusion: These three secondary prevention interventions demonstrate cost-effectiveness in employment productivity. Adoption of these interventions at a local and national level could help to reduce the societal impact of MSK conditions. External funding details This project was funded by Public Health England.
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