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Books, Journals, New Media
November 5, 2003

Workforce Mental Health

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2335-2336. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2335

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.