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Eur J Public Health. 2008 Jun;18(3):232-4. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckm132. Epub 2008 Jan 17.

Severe depressive symptoms as predictor of disability pension: a 10-year follow-up study in Denmark.

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  • 1National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark. u.bultmann@med.umcg.nl


Are severe depressive symptoms prospectively associated with disability pension? To answer that question, we linked data from a representative sample of the Danish workforce with disability pension (DP) award data from the National Registry on Public Transfer Payments. Of the 5106 study participants, 111 employees (2.2%) received DP during the 10-year follow-up. Severe depressive symptoms, reported in 1995, predicted DP award during follow-up (adjusted hazard ratio = 2.38, 95% confidence interval 1.22-4.66). Further research is needed to understand more fully the pathway(s) from severe depressive symptoms to DP.

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