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Depression reduces return to work after hospital admission for unintentional injury

Who needs to know?

Injured patients, GPs, occupational health services, trauma services, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, rehabilitation specialists, relevant charities and patient organisations.  


Higher depression scores in the first month after injury, longer hospital stays and stressful life events after the injury all reduced the likelihood of returning to work 2-12 months after injury.