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August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2)

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Work-related depression

A systematic review suggests an elevated risk of major depression in both men and women due to a perception of adverse psychosocial factors at work; however, limitations in study design prevent any conclusions on causal factors. The strongest and most consistent associations were found for job strain (high demand and low decision latitude) among men. Common limitations in research design included lack of independent measures of exposure and outcome, and potential confounding factors. A meta-analysis was ruled out owing to the heterogeneity between study designs.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008; 65; 438–445.  http://oem.bmj.com/content/65/7/438.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2) pp38