Published in Academic Psychiatry, the following study aims to quantify the prevalence and cost of presenteeism in physicians at the end of the first 12 months of residency. The authors identified substantial presenteeism among interns with depressive symptoms. With a resident’s estimated work value of $296,000, the presenteeism-related cost is $10,367 higher per resident than if depressive symptom level during residency was unchanged from depression symptom level before residency. Across all residents working in the US, the authors estimate an added cost of $1.2 billion attributable to depression-related presenteeism.
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