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Hanly P.;Walsh P.;Ó Céilleachair A.;Skally M.;Staines A.;Kapur K.;Fitzpatrick P.;Sharp L.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Work-related productivity losses in an era of ageing populations: The case of colorectal cancer
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Objective:: We investigated patterns and costs of lost productivity due to colorectal cancer in Ireland and examined how rising pension ages affect these costs. Methods:: Data from a postal survey of colorectal cancer survivors (6 to 30 months after diagnosis; n = 159), taken from March 2010 to January 2011, were combined with population-level survival estimates and national wage data to calculate temporary and permanent disability, and premature mortality, costs using the human capital approach. Results:: Almost 40% of respondents left the workforce permanently after diagnosis and 90% took temporary time off work. Total costs of lost productivity per person were &OV0556;205,847 in 2008 assuming retirement at the age of 65. When the retirement age was raised to 70, productivity costs increased by almost a half. Conclusions:: Our study demonstrated the considerable productivity costs associated with colorectal cancer and highlighted the effect of rising retirement ages on costs. © 2013 by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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