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June/July 2010 (vol. 07/1)

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Depression and work disability

A systematic review finds strong evidence of an association between long duration of depression and work disability; however, there remain many gaps in the evidence. There was moderate evidence for an association between work disability and more severe types of depressive disorders, presence of co-morbid mental or physical disorders, older age and a history of previous sick leave. There was moderate evidence that more severe depressive symptoms were associated with more work limitations, and that clinical improvement was associated with improved productivity.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2010: online first: doi10.1007/s10926-009-9224-x.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2010 (vol. 07/1) pp39