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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Sep;52(9):934-42. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f26e59.

Barriers to implementation of workplace health interventions: an economic perspective.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Ergonomics Technology Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030-6210, USA. cherniack@nso.uchc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify insurance related, structural, and workplace cultural barriers to the implementation of effective preventive and upstream clinical interventions in the working age adult population.

METHODS:

Analysis of avoided costs from perspective of health economics theory and from empiric observations from large studies; presentation of data from our own cost-plus model on integrating health promotion and ergonomics.

RESULTS:

We identify key avoided costs issues as a misalignment of interests between employers, insurers, service institutions, and government. Conceptual limitations of neoclassical economics are attributable to work culture and supply-driven nature of health care.

DISCUSSION:

Effective valuation of avoided costs is a necessary condition for redirecting allocations and incentives. Key content for valuation models is discussed.

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20798640
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