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Work-Related Productivity Losses in an Era of Ageing Populations: The Case of Colorectal Cancer

Hanly, Paul, Walsh, Paul M. , Ó Céilleachair, Alan, Skally, Mairead, Staines, Anthony, Kapur, Kanika, Fitzpatrick, Patricia and Sharp, Linda (2013) Work-Related Productivity Losses in an Era of Ageing Populations: The Case of Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55 (2). pp. 128-134.

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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 €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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Life sciences > Medical sciences > Pathology > Tumors > Cancer
H Social Sciences > Economics > Microeconomics > Production (Economic theory) > Industrial productivity > Labor productivity
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ni Mhaicin
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 14:03
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 14:42

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