Employees’ drug purchases before and after organizational downsizing

A natural experiment on the Norwegian working population (2004–2012)
Private sector employees in Norway exposed to major organizational downsizing during the period 2004–2012 had elevated odds of purchasing antidepressants, hypnotics/sedatives, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, insulins, cardiovascular- and thyroid drugs around the time of downsizing, compared to the situation three years earlier. We suggest a strengthening of preventive health initiatives and systematic involvement from occupational health services in downsizing processes.

Source: Kaspersen, S. L., Pape, K., Carlsen, F., Ose, S. O., & Bjorngaard, J. H. (2017). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.

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