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Using Longitudinal Survey Data to Estimate Mental Health Related Transitions to a Disability Pension

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posted on 2023-05-24, 03:22 authored by TP Schofield, KM Kiely, A Mykletun, SB Harvey, P Butterworth
Objective: This study examined the association between mental ill-health and subsequent receipt of a disability pension in Australia, and assessed how the strength of the association varied in relation to the duration between mental health measurement and reported disability pension receipt. Methods: Eight thousand four hundred seventy-four working-age adults not receiving a disability pension at baseline were followed for up to 11 years; 349 transitioned onto a disability pension. Discrete-time survival analysis considered baseline and time-varying (12-month lagged) measures of mental ill-health. Results: Proximal measures of mental ill-health were more strongly associated with subsequent pension receipt than baseline measures (odds ratio: 6.6 vs 3.9) and accounted for a significantly greater proportion of pension transitions (35% vs 21%). Conclusion: Mental ill-health is an independent risk factor for disability pension receipt, and proximal circumstances better capture this association than mental health measured earlier.

History

Journal

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Volume

60

Pagination

e166-e172

Location

Baltimore, Md.

ISSN

1076-2752

eISSN

1536-5948

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins