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June/July 2008 (vol. 05/1)

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Depression interventions

A Cochrane review of interventions aimed at reducing work disability in depressed workers found no evidence of reduced sickness absence due to medication alone, or due to enhanced primary care (treatment plus education delivered by specially trained healthcare team) or psychological interventions, either alone or in combination with medication. There was limited evidence for the effectiveness of a combination of antidepressant medication and psychodynamic therapy, but it was insufficient to recommend its use. There were no studies on work-directed interventions and future research should focus on work issues and outcomes.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008; 2: no. CD006237.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006237.pub3/abstract

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