Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Treating Depression is a Good Business Move

[Associated Press]

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study suggests that by quickly getting employees treatment and even offering telephone psychotherapy companies can cut absenteeism and improve workers' health.
A researcher with the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study, says it shows that spending money on depression is a smart business move.

Employees who got the aggressive intervention worked on average about two weeks more during the yearlong study than those who got the usual care. Also, researchers say more of them were still employed by year's end, thus saving employers additional hiring and training costs.
In addition, those in the intervention group were almost 40% more likely to recover from depression during the study, which is reported in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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