Using whodas 2.0 to assess functional impairment in people with depression: Should employment receive more attention?

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Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a highly prevalent mental disorder which causes public health burden and personal disabilities. In people with mental illness, unemployment is an index character of functional impairment. Methods: Using the Taiwan Databank of Persons with Disability (TDPD), we collected the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) scores for people with MDD-associated disability. We recorded and analyzed the scores of participants during a 3-year period to determine the impact of employment on the trajectory of functional change. Logistic regression was performed to analyze the association between employment and changes in WHODAS 2.0 scores. Results: In people with MDD-associated disability, unemployed individuals present a worse function initially compared to employed individuals. After a 3-year period, the employed group showed a significant functional improvement in the domains of cognition, mobility, and participation. In logistic regression, the odds of having functional improvement were twice as high for those who were employed compared with those who were not. Conclusions: Higher odds of having functional improvement were noted in participants who stay in employment. Programs and strategies to help people with MDD-associated disability resume work warrant more clinical attention and supportive policies from the government.

原文英語
文章編號4552
期刊International journal of environmental research and public health
18
發行號9
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 五月 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 污染
  • 公共衛生、環境和職業健康
  • 健康、毒理學和誘變

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