NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Depressed employees incur higher costs: study

    February 18, 2010

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Employees who suffer from depression have higher costs related to short-term disability and absenteeism, even when they seek therapy for the condition, according to a new study from Washington-based Thomson Reuters Healthcare.

    According to a study abstract, researchers examined insurance claims and employee health and productivity databases to determine the effect of antidepressant treatment on employer costs, and found workers with depression miss more days of work and are about twice as likely to use short-term disability. Workers with severe depression were about 3 times as likely to use short-term disability. Even while receiving treatment, costs associated with depressed workers remained significantly higher than costs for workers with other ailments, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, the abstract said.

    The study was published in the February issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.