CDI RURAL – Occupational Health of Rural Workers – Costs, Depression and Injury 2010-2011

The project aims to assess the prevalence of depression in rural backyard farm operators and groups at risk. More specifically, it tries to identify which is the rate of depression in rural areas and a potential correlation with backyard farm injuries. The project assess the prevalence of depression in rural backyard farm operators and groups at risk; describes depression prevalence and offer baseline data for future projects; and examines injury risk factors in the hope that safety for workers in Romanian rural farms can be improved by addressing mental health in rural communities.

Specific objectives:
– to identify the major risk factors and population groups at risks based on specific population that occur in the established settings – backyard farm (specific population is defined as people that have backyard farms and are involved both in occupational and leisure farm activities. specific population includes both adults and children in the rural area.)
– to determine the frequency of depression in the population based on the general population and the association with occupational injury
– to characterize the small farm occupational activities exposure of the specific population
– to determine the direct and indirect costs associated with depression

Coordinator: Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca
Funder:  Michigan State University
Total budget: 5.000 USD