The Economic Impact of Depression in the Workplace
There is international recognition of the high prevalence of depression and its associated disability. In countries where workers have been studied, major depressive disorders are the most prevalent chronic conditions in the prior year. Economic costs of depression include the costs related to screening, treatment, maintenance, and support of persons with depression. Costs also include those due to the effects of depression on absenteeism, presenteeism, and long-term disability costs. Workplaces offer high potential for preventing depression; recognizing early and advanced stages of depression; improving depression care off-site or on-site, in person or virtually; and improving outcomes of those efforts. Evidence-based programs for reducing depression costs exist. Innovations in technology and growing interest in financing novel programs for persons with depression offer promising outcomes clinically and economically.
KeywordsCosts of depression Workplace costs of depression
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