The relationship between work and mental health outcomes in black men after serious injury

A recent study led by PISC Past Trainee Aimee Palumbo, PhD, MPH, Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, RN, and Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, examined the impact returning to work had on the mental health of Black men recovering from serious traumatic injuries. Palumbo et. al analyzed data from 498 Black men over the age of 18 who had been admitted to a Level 1 trauma center. Results indicated that the mental health of men who had not returned to work after surviving a traumatic injury declined significantly compared to those who had. Moreover, participants who were younger, had a lack of insurance, or reported frequent experiences of racism had declined mental health while recovering. This study is essential in understanding how to utilize structural factors to optimize recovery from traumatic injuries for Black men.

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