Angus Thompson

Angus Thompson
Institute of Health Economics

PhD

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Introduction
Skills and Expertise
Education
September 1971 - October 1973
Institute of Psychiatry University of London
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (61)
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Background Reports of a meaningful relationship between mental health-related conditions and work productivity measures are relatively common. These, however, are frequently examined for their linearity while ignoring untapped, and potentially rich, non-linear associations.Methods Following a serendipitous finding of a curvilinear relationship betw...
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Objective: Low productivity while at work (presenteeism) has been reported to produce significant cost excesses for organizations and economies. However, many of these reports have been based on estimates drawn from self-report instruments that are not supported by evidence showing their efficacy. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess associat...
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Background Presenteeism (reduced productivity at work) is thought to be responsible for large economic costs. Nevertheless, much of the research supporting this is based on self-report questionnaires that have not been adequately evaluated. Objectives To examine the level of agreement among leading tests of presenteeism and to determine the inter-...
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Background: Most population studies report higher rates of depression among women than men, and some researchers have observed gender differences in depression symptoms overall, or in sub-groupings (e.g. somatic depression). However, gender symptom differences have been inconsistent, prompting this investigation of gender differences in secondary D...
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Objective: There is a need for the routine monitoring of treated attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for timely policy making. The objective is to report and assess over a decade the prevalence and incidence of diagnosed ADHD in Canada. Methods: Administrative linked patient data from the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and N...
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Background: Many studies have used retrospective reports to assess the long-term consequences of early life stress. However, current individual characteristics and experiences may bias the recall of these reports. In particular, depressed mood may increase the likelihood of recall of negative experiences. The aim of the study was to assess whether...
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This paper uses direct observation to explore the challenges faced by the 7-North Medical/Telemetry Unit at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. The researcher presents a proposed operational vision for the unit derived from the observed challenges followed by an evidence-based exploration on how the transformational and servant leadership sty...
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This article (and the associated academic publication) may be the only generic model of human services delivery published. While it focuses on mental health services for children and adolescents, the identified problems are found in many organizations delivering human and social services. The solution uses a business model, although not in the way...
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Background: Presenteeism (decreased productivity while at work) is reported to be a major occupational problem in many countries. Challenges exist for identifying the optimal approach to measure presenteeism. Evidence of the relative value of presenteeism instruments to support their use in primary studies is needed. Objectives: To assess and co...
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The Database Project website is a systematized repository of peer-reviewed findings in the field of mental illness, currently focusing on schizophrenia. It offers accessible summaries of research findings largely for non-profit groups in the mental health sector. It is intended to assist these organizations in ascertaining trends and providing data...
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The aim of this study was to extend an earlier retrospective cohort study of schizophrenia via a prospective study to a follow-up of 34 years, with an emphasis on describing the life-course of the illness. Method Subjects were 128 first-ever admissions for schizophrenia in 1963 to either of two mental hospital in Alberta, Canada. Follow-up continue...
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Purpose: Studies suggest that childhood trauma is linked to both depression and heavy drinking in adulthood, and may create a lifelong vulnerability to stress. Few studies have explored the effects of stress sensitization on the development of depression or heavy drinking among those who have experienced traumatic childhood events. This study aime...
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About one-third of the annual $51 billion cost of mental illnesses is related to productivity losses. However, few studies have examined the association of treatment and productivity. The purpose of our research is to examine the association of depression and its treatment and work productivity. Our analyses used data from 2737 adults aged between...
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The concept of the suicidal process implies a progression from behaviour of relatively low intent to completed suicide. Evidence from the literature has given rise to the speculation that the age of onset of an early form of the suicidal process may be associated with the ultimate seriousness of suicidal behaviour. This study was designed to test t...
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Few studies have examined the relationship between perceived responsibilities by workers and job characteristics and experiences of stress. To examine the relationship between job stress and work responsibilities and job characteristics. We analyzed data from 2737 adults who were labor force participants in the province of Alberta, Canada. A logist...
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Life course studies of schizophrenia that have used a 3-phase model (onset, course, and outcome) have had their use restricted owing to differences in definition and methodology. The purpose of this investigation was to describe life course data in mathematical terms and to compare the results with the findings from other life course studies. The s...
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It has not been made clear whether self-esteem is associated with the severity of suicidal behavior. To test the association between responses to a self-esteem inventory and levels of suicidal behavior as conceptualized in the notion of the suicide process. Questions on the severity of suicidal behavior over the lifespan (death wishes, ideation, pl...
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Age of onset of major depression seems to be dropping in Western nations. Early onset usually predicts a more serious illness with a relatively poor prognosis. Since depression is associated with suicide, this begs the question of whether early onset of depression is associated with the degree of intent of suicidal behaviour, and whether this relat...
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To examine the association between pathological gambling (PG) and attempted suicide in a nationally representative sample of Canadians. Data came from the Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 1.2, conducted in 2002, in which 36 984 subjects, aged 15 years or older, were interviewed. Logistic regression was performed with attempted suicide (in th...
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To determine provincial 12-month prevalence rates for selected psychiatric disorders and to assess the association between these and the Canadian Social Problem Index (SPI). Psychiatric data for depression, mania, panic disorder, social phobia, and agoraphobia were derived from the results of the 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health...
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et me begin by saying that I believe psychiatrists can and should play a significant role in the prevention of suicide in Canada. Whether this is currently the case is another ques- tion. Dr Lesage has advanced the "pro" opinion on this matter. It is my aim to examine these arguments in terms of scope, accuracy, and future planning. The "pro" part...
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The association of psychiatric disorders (PDs) with other PDs and medical disorders (MDs) has been insufficiently explored in children and adolescents. To estimate medical and psychiatric comorbidity present in children with PDs and to determine the medical service usage of children with PDs. We use administrative health care data to describe the h...
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A recent paper has demonstrated a relationship between suicide during the teen years and the age, relative to one's classmates, at which these individuals entered school. This represents the latest, and perhaps most important, of a series of studies that have focused on the effects of grouping children by age of entry into particular activities. Th...
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To compare emergency department (ED) utilization by individuals who present with self-inflicted injuries with utilization by control populations. Individuals with self-inflicted injuries commonly present to the ED, yet little research has been conducted on this population in this setting. Individuals who had an ED presentation in 1995-1996 for a se...
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The growing practice of including intentional injuries (suicide and interpersonal violence) under the injury control umbrella has produced some controversy. The present study was designed to determine whether or not there might be an empirical basis for this initiative from an ecological point of view by examining the associations among unintention...
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Background: Alberta is due for cost- containment and system reform as a consequence of a purported dramatic rise in healthcare costs. The problem with this justification is that the expen- diture analyses underlying these claims have not included adequate considera- tion of the influences of inflation, population growth, the aging of the population...
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This study addressed the hypothesis that frequent Internet use produces social and psychological difficulties. An Internet-administered survey was given to a sample of Internet users. Comparisons were made between this sample and general population norms on a selection of social and psychological variables. Internet users showed a more detrimental...
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The effect of Alberta's health reform on length of stay for maternity cases and on subsequent mothers' rehospitalization was examined in the present study. The data set included all Alberta acute care hospital separation records from 1991/92 to 1996/97 inclusive. A logistic regression was applied to the data in order to examine the effects of prepa...
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The association between pathological gambling and attempted suicide was examined using data from a prevalence study conducted in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The sample size was 7,214, the questionnaire was the Diagnostic Interview Schedule, and diagnoses were made on a lifetime basis according to DSM-III criteria. Logistic regression analysis was pe...
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A series of surveys were conducted to assess the attitudes of the public, and other groups, toward those with schizophrenia. The aim of these surveys was to aid in the planning and evaluation of the WPA anti-stigma initiative in Alberta, Canada. A questionnaire was devised and administered via telephone to over 1,200 individuals in three Alberta ci...
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The prevalence of mental disorders is often assessed using survey techniques. Although providing good estimates of prevalence, these techniques are time-consuming and expensive. To estimate the prevalence of mental disorders among children aged 0 to 17 years living in Alberta, Canada, using health care administrative data. This was a cross-sectiona...
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To construct an index that represents the general level of social problems among Canadian provinces and territories. Factor weights were used to combine provincial and territorial rates for homicide, attempted murder, assault, sexual assault, robbery, divorce, suicide, and alcoholism into a single Social Problem Index. The resulting index demonstra...
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A generic model creating self-regulating mental health services delivery constantly focusing on incremental improvements in the mental health of children and youth. Adaptable to many situations, even when there is a mix of organizations and funding agencies.
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Age-cohort variation in childhood trauma was examined in the present study. The data were taken from the 1994/95 Canadian National Population Health Survey of household residents (n = 15,106). Childhood trauma was measured by a seven-item index (items reflected physical abuse, fearful experiences, hospitalization, being sent away from home, and par...
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Age-cohort variation in childhood trauma; as examined in the present study. The data; were taken from the 1994/95 Canadian National Population Health Survey of household residents (n = 15,106). Childhood trauma trauma was measured by a seven-item index (items reflected physical abuse, fearful experiences,; hospitalization, being sent away from home...
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To determine whether youth in Alberta who had completed suicide were more likely to be younger than their classmates on entering grade 1 (that is, showed a relative age effect). Records were obtained for all deaths by suicide by individuals under the age of 20 years in Alberta during the years 1979-1992. The relative age of each of these persons wa...
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A conceptual model of self-regulating service delivery is proposed for use by governments, planners, and policymakers to help children reach optimal adult functioning. It addresses most problems of present service delivery and is applicable to children in the general population and registered consumers of mental health, child welfare, special educa...
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The mortality rate in a one-year cohort of children with child welfare status in Alberta, Canada, was found to be significantly elevated. Specifically, neglected and abused children were apt to have died violently, while handicapped children were more likely to have died because of disease or infirmity. The proportion of children dying while in car...
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The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of the association between psychiatric disorders and various social problems. The Diagnostic Interview Schedule was administered to a community sample of 3258 individuals and the association between eight "core" psychiatric disorders and eight social problem behaviours was determined. The result...
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An examination of two samples of children seen one year apart at a community mental health service indicated that a significant proportion had also been involved with the child welfare system (44% of the 119-member older sample and 32% of the 160 individuals from the current sample). A reanalysis of the latter sample one year later showed that the...
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Fifty Canadian children in out-of-home placements under the jurisdiction of a child welfare district office were administered a battery of psychological assessment instruments. The purpose was to obtain an estimate of the proportion showing psychopathology. The child's social worker's opinion on the presence or absence of psychopathology and need f...
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Recent studies indicate that month of birth is related to achievement in a number of sports. Birth dates were collected for all players on teams competing in the 1990 World Cup and the 1989 Under-17s and Under-20s World Tournaments in Football. Results indicated that those born early in the "activity year" (August 1 through July 31 for football) we...
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The records of 837 major league baseball players were examined in order to determine whether the Little League age eligibility criterion, based on the month of birth, affected participation rate at the professional level. The results indicated that major league players were more likely to have been born in the first months of the year, if that year...
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The comorbidity of disorders and chronology of first symptoms of depression, agoraphobia, and panic disorder were investigated. The Diagnostic Interview Schedule was administered to 3258 household residents. Strong associations were shown among all three disorders. However, the comorbidity of agoraphobia and panic disorder seemed to be accounted fo...
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Using official suicide statistics, this study examined suicide rates in Canada over a 25-year span (1956 to 1981) as a function of age, gender, and geographical region. The analysis revealed that, for both sexes, the risk of suicide among the 15-24 year-olds increased at a faster rate than in any other age group. Male and female age-standardized su...
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Analyzed the birthdates of 7,313 young Canadian hockey players in the 1983–1984 season. It was found that players possessing a relative age advantage (born in the months of January–June) were more likely to participate in minor hockey and more likely to play for top teams than players born in July–December and thereby disadvantaged by their relativ...
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The distraction explanation of changes in stuttering rate was examined in the present experiment. Twelve stutterers were compared with 12 nonstutterers who were matched for age. sex. and level of education. Subjects were tested for disfluency production under conditions designed to reflect the dimension of distraction. These conditions were: (a) ov...
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The hypothesis was advanced that questionnaire measures of Psychoticism (P) may represent an estimate of randomness in responding, rather than reflecting reactions to item content. Questionnaire measures of P, Extraversion, Neuroticism, and a Lie score were taken from each of 103 male subjects. The results showed that P did not correlate with measu...
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The probability of endorsing each multiple-choice item alternative of the Group Personality Projective Test was correlated with the probability of endorsing the alternative as the most socially desirable. The results indicate that about 53% of the measured variance of the test can be attributed to the influence of social desirability. A possible re...

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