Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries?

Lina Lander, Gary S. Sorock, Lynette M Smith, Terry L Stentz, Seung Sup Kim, Murray A. Mittleman, Melissa J. Perry

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: While meatpacking is a physically demanding industry, the effect of depression on risks for injury has not been studied. OBJECTIVE: To assess depressive disorders (major depression and dysthymia) using a validated screening tool administered to injured and uninjured meatpacking workers in two Midwestern plants. METHODS: Matched case-control analyses were conducted among 134 workers to evaluate the association between depressive disorder and the occurrence of laceration injury. RESULTS: Of the 268 workers, 13.8% screened positive for depressive disorder, whereas the general population prevalence estimate for depressive disorder using the same tool was 3.4%. Depressive disorder was not associated with an increased risk for injury; 17% of cases who experienced a laceration injury and 15% of uninjured controls reported depressive disorder (OR 0.81, 95% CI: 0.39-1.69). CONCLUSIONS: Evaluation of depression causes among meatpacking workers is needed to elucidate prevention and treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalWork
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 18 2016

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Depressive Disorder
Depression
Wounds and Injuries
Lacerations
Major Depressive Disorder
Industry
Population

Keywords

  • Depressive disorder
  • laceration
  • meatpacking
  • occupational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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Lander, L., Sorock, G. S., Smith, L. M., Stentz, T. L., Kim, S. S., Mittleman, M. A., & Perry, M. J. (2016). Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries? Work, 53(2), 307-311. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152147

Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries? / Lander, Lina; Sorock, Gary S.; Smith, Lynette M; Stentz, Terry L; Kim, Seung Sup; Mittleman, Murray A.; Perry, Melissa J.

In: Work, Vol. 53, No. 2, 18.02.2016, p. 307-311.

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Lander, L, Sorock, GS, Smith, LM, Stentz, TL, Kim, SS, Mittleman, MA & Perry, MJ 2016, 'Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries?', Work, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 307-311. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152147
Lander L, Sorock GS, Smith LM, Stentz TL, Kim SS, Mittleman MA et al. Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries? Work. 2016 Feb 18;53(2):307-311. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152147
Lander, Lina ; Sorock, Gary S. ; Smith, Lynette M ; Stentz, Terry L ; Kim, Seung Sup ; Mittleman, Murray A. ; Perry, Melissa J. / Is depression a risk factor for meatpacking injuries?. In: Work. 2016 ; Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 307-311.
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