Severe depressive symptoms as predictor of disability pension: a 10-year follow-up study in Denmark

Eur J Public Health. 2008 Jun;18(3):232-4. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckm132. Epub 2008 Jan 17.


Are severe depressive symptoms prospectively associated with disability pension? To answer that question, we linked data from a representative sample of the Danish workforce with disability pension (DP) award data from the National Registry on Public Transfer Payments. Of the 5106 study participants, 111 employees (2.2%) received DP during the 10-year follow-up. Severe depressive symptoms, reported in 1995, predicted DP award during follow-up (adjusted hazard ratio = 2.38, 95% confidence interval 1.22-4.66). Further research is needed to understand more fully the pathway(s) from severe depressive symptoms to DP.

MeSH terms

  • Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / economics
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Disability / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pensions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Prospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index