Which Work-Based Depression Interventions Do the Job?
Depression doesn’t punch a clock and disappear when you need to go to work. It is one of the leading causes of absenteeism and, consequently, low productivity in the workplace. To combat this problem, businesses have offered employee assistance and health promotion programs. But do these meet the need?
For the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Westat completed a systematic review and interviewed experts about the prevalence and impact of these services. We found the most effective include depression screening, cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, work coaching, and work modifications. However, these interventions are not being widely implemented.
For more details, see Work-Focused Interventions for Depression: Final Report.