The guidance issued by NICE on mental health in the workplace is very timely and helpful. Among other things, the material highlights the significant cost to business of condtions such as depression and anxiety, and advocates early intervention as a crucial step towards keeping people in work.
One area is, perhaps, under-emphasised and that is the relationship between mental health and chronic musculoskeletal pain CMP). Over 100m people in Europe have CMP, with over 40 percent of these remaining undiagnosed. A significant number of people with MSDs also develop mental health problems – indeed this can inhibit return to work long after physical pain has abated.
So, care of people with both MSDs and Mental Health must be better integrated. I’ll be making t is a point I’ll be making on Friday (6th Nov) at the 9th International Conference on Integrated Care in Vienna
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