Stakeholders’ Perspectives About and Priorities for Economic Evaluation of Health and Safety Programs in Healthcare Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This study identified and prioritized resources and outcomes that should be considered in more comprehensive and scientifically rigorous health and safety economic evaluations according to healthcare sector stakeholders. A literature review and stakeholder interviews identified candidate resources and outcomes and then a Delphi panel ranked them. According to the panel, the top five resources were (a) health and safety staff time; (b) training workers; (c) program planning, promotion, and evaluation costs; (d) equipment purchases and upgrades; and (e) administration costs. The top five outcomes were (a) number of injuries, illnesses, and general sickness absences; (b) safety climate; (c) days lost due to injuries, illnesses, and general sickness absences; (d) job satisfaction and engagement; and (e) quality of care and patient safety. These findings emphasize stakeholders' stated priorities and are useful as a benchmark for assessing the quality of health and safety economic evaluations and the comprehensiveness of these findings.

authors

  • Tompa, Emile
  • de Boer, Henriette
  • Macdonald, Sara
  • Alamgir, Hasanat
  • Koehoorn, Mieke
  • Guzman, Jaime

publication date

  • April 2016