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Longer Commutes Linked to Depression

Key clinical point: Longer commutes significantly increased an individual’s risk of screening positive for depression, and commuters who took public transportation were 4.8% less likely to screen positive for depression than were drivers.

Major finding: Based on the 10-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies (CESD-10) scale, the probability of screening positively for depression increased by 0.5% for every additional 10 minutes of commuting time.

Study details: The results come from a survey of cross-sectional data from 12,905 individuals in 11 Latin American cities collected between November 2016 and January 2017.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL)/Urban Health in Latin America project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. The researchers had no financial conflicts.


Wang X et al. J Transport & Health. 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100607.