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Common mental health conditions

Workplace disability-prevention interventions can improve outcomes for workers with common mental health conditions, a systematic review finds. Facilitating access to clinical treatment, and employer- or insurer-initiated psychological interventions (primarily CBT) are most effective in improving work functioning and quality of life (moderate evidence). In one high-quality study, providing absent workers with information on disability management options improved return-to-work, but there was only limited or no evidence, respectively, that facilitating treatment or psychological interventions reduced absence duration.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2012; online first: doi: 10.1007/s10926-011-9338-9

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5) pp40