CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Employee assistance programs, otherwise known as EAPs, are employer-sponsored
To most employers, the value of an EAP is based on the understanding that employees with unresolved mental health, substance use, and emotional wellbeing concerns often have troubles in their professional and personal lives that ultimately impact the organization's bottom line. Historically, EAP providers have used a variety of metrics to illustrate their ability to resolve or mitigate these concerns, such as employee utilization, referrals to external resources, satisfaction surveys or website usage. While these measurements are effective and valuable tools that help employers evaluate the reach of the program, they don't truly measure the impact of the EAP on employee health, well-being and productivity.
New research by CuraLinc Healthcare, a leading provider of employee assistance programs, suggests that EAP models with the proper construct can facilitate meaningful and lasting behavior change that leads to a decrease in absenteeism, an increase in productivity and improved health outcomes for employees who present with depression or alcohol use.
The aforementioned results, which can also be found at www.eapoutcomes.com, came from an analysis of data from 5,761 EAP cases that originated between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Although outcomes-related information was collected from all EAP participants, including spouses and dependents, only results from covered employees of CuraLinc clients were used in the study.
CuraLinc used the following instruments to evaluate data from EAP participants.
During the initial clinical assessment, CuraLinc offered the SPS-6 and WOS to all employees; and offered the PHQ-9 and AUDIT to employees who presented with depression and alcohol use, respectively. Using the aforementioned tools, CuraLinc followed up with participants 30 days after the case was closed to measure changes in health and productivity. The follow-up consultation also allowed CuraLinc's Case Managers to evaluate participant satisfaction with the program and profile for variations in health status or referrals to other resources.
"Each stage of our advocacy-based care path was purposefully built to maximize the likelihood of positive clinical and workplace outcomes," said CuraLinc's Vice President of Administration, David Pawlowski, LCPC, CEAP, SAP. "The results from this year's study reconfirm that an EAP with a commitment to optimizing the user experience can have a measurable impact on employee health and productivity."
About CuraLinc Healthcare CuraLinc Healthcare provides an outcomes-driven suite of behavioral health and wellness programs to over 1,200 employers, associations, trusts and post-secondary educational institutions. For more information, please call 800.490.1585, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.curalinc.com. Additional details regarding this study can also be found at www.eapoutcomes.com.
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