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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Feb;54(2):128-35. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824409d8.

Impact of a work-focused intervention on the productivity and symptoms of employees with depression.

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  • 1Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. Dlerner@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test a new program's effectiveness in reducing depression's work burden.

METHODS:

A brief telephonic program to improve work functioning was tested in an early-stage randomized controlled trial involving 79 Maine State Government employees who were screened in for depression and at-work limitations (treatment group = 59; usual care group = 27). Group differences in baseline to follow-up change scores on the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ), WLQ Absence Module, and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 depression severity scale were tested with analysis of covariance.

RESULTS:

Although there were no baseline group differences (P ≥ 0.05), by follow-up, the treatment group had significantly better scores on every outcome and differences in the longitudinal changes were all statistically significant (P = 0.0.27 to 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The new program was superior to usual care. The estimated productivity cost savings is $6041.70 per participant annually.

PMID:
22252528
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PMCID:
PMC3281506
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