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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824409d8
CME Available for this Article at ACOEM.org

Impact of a Work-Focused Intervention on the Productivity and Symptoms of Employees With Depression

Lerner, Debra MS, PhD; Adler, David MD; Hermann, Richard C. MD, MS; Chang, Hong PhD; Ludman, Evette J. PhD; Greenhill, Annabel MA; Perch, Katherine BA; McPeck, William C. MSW; Rogers, William H. PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To test a new program's effectiveness in reducing depression's work burden.

Methods: A brief telephonic program to improve work functioning was tested in an early-stage randomized controlled trial involving 79 Maine State Government employees who were screened in for depression and at-work limitations (treatment group = 59; usual care group = 27). Group differences in baseline to follow-up change scores on the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ), WLQ Absence Module, and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 depression severity scale were tested with analysis of covariance.

Results: Although there were no baseline group differences (P ≥ 0.05), by follow-up, the treatment group had significantly better scores on every outcome and differences in the longitudinal changes were all statistically significant (P = 0.0.27 to 0.0001).

Conclusions: The new program was superior to usual care. The estimated productivity cost savings is $6041.70 per participant annually.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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