Labor force activity among Australians with musculoskeletal disorders comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders

Waghorn, G., Chant, D. and Lloyd, C. (2006) Labor force activity among Australians with musculoskeletal disorders comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 16 2: 241-252. doi:10.1007/s10926-006-9018-3


Author Waghorn, G.
Chant, D.
Lloyd, C.
Title Labor force activity among Australians with musculoskeletal disorders comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders
Journal name Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-0487
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10926-006-9018-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 241
End page 252
Total pages 12
Editor M. Feuerstein
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer/plenum Publishers
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract Aim: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a leading cause of work-related disability. This investigation explored the impact of MSD comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders, on labor force activity. Methods: The Australian Bureau of Statistics provided confidentialized data files collected from a household sample of 37,580 people. MSD, affective, and anxiety disorders were identified and employment restrictions were assessed at four levels of severity. Results: Anxiety and depression of six months duration was present in 12.1% of people with MSD. Comorbidity magnified the negative impacts of single conditions on labor force activity. Most at risk were people with back problems and comorbid depression, people with arthritis or other MSD and comorbid anxiety, males with MSD and comorbid depression, and females with MSD and comorbid anxiety. Conclusions: The results suggest that the occupational rehabilitation needs of people with MSD comorbid with depression or anxiety may currently be underestimated.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Social Issues
Anxiety
Depression
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Employment
Occupational Rehabilitation
Low-back-pain
Employment Restrictions
Population Survey
Workplace
Performance
Disability
Working
People
Return
Duty
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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