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Document ID (ISN)110918
CIS number 10-0592
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hilton M.F., Scuffham P.A., Sheridan J., Cleary C.M., Vecchio N., Whiteford H.A.
Title The association between mental disorders and productivity in treated and untreated employees
Bibliographic information Sep. 2009, Vol.51, No.9, p.996-1003. Illus. 49 ref.
Abstract This large cross-sectional study investigates associations between employee work productivity, psychological distress, and the treatment of mental disorders. A total of 60556 Australian employees completed the Health and Work Performance Questionnaire (HPQ). The HPQ quantified treatment seeking behaviour for depression, anxiety or other mental disorders. The HPQ also evaluated the level of psychological distress and employee productivity measures. The productivity of employees without psychological distress and who have not been in treatment of a mental disorder was 20%, while that of successfully treated employees for a mental disorder was 17%. It is concluded that the treatment of mental disorders resulting in normalization of symptoms is associated with employees' productivity returning to values approaching those of employees without a history of a mental disorder.
Descriptors (primary) work efficiency; mental health; medical treatment
Descriptors (secondary) anxiety; depressive neurosis; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health