Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
As health care costs continue to escalate, companies are increasingly
interested not only in the cost of medical treatment but also in how appropriate
and timely treatment affects overall workplace productivity. Organizations
are searching for resources that will enable them to justify, implement, and
measure the results of health and productivity improvement interventions.
The investigation of workforce health and its business impact is a fairly
new and rapidly developing field, greatly in need of up-to-date resources
such as Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace. The editors, Drs Jeffrey Kahn and Alan Langlieb, provide an interesting
and practical approach to understanding how mental health affects workplace
productivity and how the workplace affects employees, resulting in increased
or diminished productivity. The book's practical, sensible approach makes
it a valuable resource for employers and clinicians working in the field of
health and productivity. Additionally, an increasingly important aspect of
patient care is how the treating physician can enhance the patient's productivity.
This book is a great resource for physicians who seek better to understand
their patients in relation to their workplaces and the business impact of
the medical treatment they provide.
Hymel P. Workforce Mental Health. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2335-2336. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2335