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The World in Medicine
December 8, 1999

Depression in the UK

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JAMA. 1999;282(22):2111. doi:10.1001/jama.282.22.2111-JWM90010-4-1

New findings from researchers at City University in London show that depression costs the United Kingdom (UK) about £2 billion annually in direct costs; the figure rises to about £8 billion annually when such indirect costs as lost productivity are considered.

Economic losses were among a number of aspects of the illness discussed during "Depression: A Social and Economic Timebomb," a conference held recently at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The conference was sponsored by the World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School to draw attention to the substantial health burden depression has become in the UK and worldwide.