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Table 2 Perspectives on ability to work of persons with mental disorders from the Nigeria Practitioners Study

From: Perspectives of mental healthcare providers on pathways to improved employment for persons with mental disorders in two lower middle-income countries

VariableCategoryDistribution
N (%)
Do you have persons with mental disorders at your workplace?No4 (5.0)
Yes61 (76.3)
I do not know15 (18.8)
Do you think persons with mental disorders can work?No3 (3.8)
Yes75 (96.2)
Missing2
Do you think persons with mental disorders pose a risk at work?Always1 (1.3)
Never6 (7.5)
Sometimes73 (91.3)
Are there things you can do to enhance jobs for persons with mental disorders?No11 (13.8)
Yes69 (86.3)
What are things you can do to enhance job opportunities for persons with mental disorders?Public education to reduce stigma of mental illness16 (25.0)
Early intervention and rehabilitation25 (39.1)
Demonstrating ability to work of persons with mental disorders4 (6.3)
Supportive work environment6 (9.4)
Policy advocacy and affirmative action4 (6.3)
Education of employers3 (4.7)
Others6 (9.4)
Missing16
Under what conditions should persons with mental illness be allowed to work?Under supervision20 (27.8)
When clinically stable19 (26.4)
When on treatment or medication12 (16.7)
Unsupervised like others8 (11.1)
In sheltered work settings1 (1.4)
When they want and have the capacity to do the job6 (8.3)
Others6 (8.3)
Missing8
  1. In the questionnaire, the term mental disability was used to refer to mental disorder