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Depression, anxiety and stress levels in industrial workers: A pilot study in Bangalore, India.

Rao S, Ramesh N - Ind Psychiatry J (2015 Jan-Jun)

Bottom Line: The odds ratio between stress and number of leaves taken by a worker in the last 3 months suggested a dose-response relationship, but was statistically insignificant.The study found a prevalence rate of around 18-36% for anxiety and stress amongst the workers at the factory.Large-scale studies will help understand the effect mental health status has on the Indian workplace.

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Affiliation: Department of Community Medicine, Intern, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: Mental health disorders affect around 500 million people worldwide. In India, around 10-12% of people are affected by a mental disorder either due to stress, depression, anxiety, or any other cause. Mental health of workers affects the productivity of the workplace, with estimates putting these losses to be over 100 million dollars annually.

Aims: The study aims to measure depression, anxiety, and stress levels of workers in an industry and to investigate if it has any effect on productivity of the firm.

Materials and methods: The study utilized a cross-sectional design and was conducted among workmen of the firm. A sociodemographic based questionnaire and a mental health screening tool -Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS)-21 were used for the same. A total of 90 completed questionnaires were analyzed for the study. The data was analyzed for central tendencies as well as for any associations and correlations.

Results: The study showed that none of the workers had a positive score for depression. It also showed that around 36% of the workers had a positive score for anxiety and 18% of the workers had a positive score for stress on DASS-21 scale. The odds ratio between stress and number of leaves taken by a worker in the last 3 months suggested a dose-response relationship, but was statistically insignificant.

Conclusion: The study found a prevalence rate of around 18-36% for anxiety and stress amongst the workers at the factory. Large-scale studies will help understand the effect mental health status has on the Indian workplace.

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Mentions: Productivity is defined as output per unit of input per time. Input can be processes, labor, and strategies. In this study we focus on the workers. Leaves taken totally (sick or otherwise) were taken as work impairment days and calculated as a factor. In addition to determine any cost to the company, accidents and the compensation paid out was also asked for. It was based on Figure 1. The study was done at an industrial firm which is a multinational corporation (MNC) in Bangalore, India. The objectives of the study as well as the beneficial aspect of the study to their firm were explained to the factory management.


Depression, anxiety and stress levels in industrial workers: A pilot study in Bangalore, India.

Rao S, Ramesh N - Ind Psychiatry J (2015 Jan-Jun)

Cycle of productivity on which the study was based
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4525427&req=5

Figure 1: Cycle of productivity on which the study was based
Mentions: Productivity is defined as output per unit of input per time. Input can be processes, labor, and strategies. In this study we focus on the workers. Leaves taken totally (sick or otherwise) were taken as work impairment days and calculated as a factor. In addition to determine any cost to the company, accidents and the compensation paid out was also asked for. It was based on Figure 1. The study was done at an industrial firm which is a multinational corporation (MNC) in Bangalore, India. The objectives of the study as well as the beneficial aspect of the study to their firm were explained to the factory management.

Bottom Line: The odds ratio between stress and number of leaves taken by a worker in the last 3 months suggested a dose-response relationship, but was statistically insignificant.The study found a prevalence rate of around 18-36% for anxiety and stress amongst the workers at the factory.Large-scale studies will help understand the effect mental health status has on the Indian workplace.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Community Medicine, Intern, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: Mental health disorders affect around 500 million people worldwide. In India, around 10-12% of people are affected by a mental disorder either due to stress, depression, anxiety, or any other cause. Mental health of workers affects the productivity of the workplace, with estimates putting these losses to be over 100 million dollars annually.

Aims: The study aims to measure depression, anxiety, and stress levels of workers in an industry and to investigate if it has any effect on productivity of the firm.

Materials and methods: The study utilized a cross-sectional design and was conducted among workmen of the firm. A sociodemographic based questionnaire and a mental health screening tool -Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS)-21 were used for the same. A total of 90 completed questionnaires were analyzed for the study. The data was analyzed for central tendencies as well as for any associations and correlations.

Results: The study showed that none of the workers had a positive score for depression. It also showed that around 36% of the workers had a positive score for anxiety and 18% of the workers had a positive score for stress on DASS-21 scale. The odds ratio between stress and number of leaves taken by a worker in the last 3 months suggested a dose-response relationship, but was statistically insignificant.

Conclusion: The study found a prevalence rate of around 18-36% for anxiety and stress amongst the workers at the factory. Large-scale studies will help understand the effect mental health status has on the Indian workplace.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus