Energy and improved workplace productivity in depression

Ralph Swindle, Kurt Kroenke, Lee Ann Braun

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This study reviews and examines the role of low energy in the relationship of depression to decreased work productivity. Three-month findings are presented from a naturalistic clinical study of depression treatment in 573 primary care patients. Low energy was the most frequently reported symptom, was more predictive of poorer work and social functioning than other aspects of depressive symptomatology, and its improvement was more strongly related to improved work productivity than was a decrease in the number of depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that depression interventions to raise energy level may also be most suitable in speeding a return to work productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInvesting in Health
Subtitle of host publicationThe Social and Economic Benefits of Health Care Innovation
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0762306971, 9780762306978
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch in Human Capital and Development
ISSN (Print)0194-3960

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Development
  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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    Swindle, R., Kroenke, K., & Braun, L. A. (2001). Energy and improved workplace productivity in depression. In Investing in Health: The Social and Economic Benefits of Health Care Innovation (pp. 323-341). (Research in Human Capital and Development; Vol. 14). JAI Press.