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Employers in UK are wary of mental illness

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.647 (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:647

Employers in Britain are reluctant to give jobs to people who have or have had mental illness, a new study has found. The study also discovered that employers were less likely to believe a sick note declaring a mental rather than a physical illness.

The results of the study are reported in the latest issue of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Psychiatric Bulletin (19:541-3) by Dr Peter White, a senior lecturer in psychological medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in London, and medical student Cressida Manningfrom the Royal London Medical School. They designed a 17 item questionnaire, which …

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