Work-related stress in healthcare workers

Vincenza Anzelmo, G. Tomei, S. Ricci, L. Fidanza, C. Sacco, D. P. De Cesare, P. Ricci, B. Pimpinella, R. Giubilati, A. Suppi, Francesco Tomei, T. Casale, M. V. Rosati

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In the assessment of work-related stress it is crucial to find the factors that generate and increase it in order to identify categories of individuals at risk, to plan interventions for prevention, elimination or reduction of risk. The aim of the study is to assess the subjective stress in 68 workers of a large Italian company dealing with human health, through the use of a questionnaire-indicating tool, elaborated by the Italian National Institute for insurance against accidents at work (INAIL) and developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). METHODS: We studied a final sample of 68 individuals (34 drivers/rescuers and 34 video display unit (VDU) operators). The questionnaire consists of 35 items (divided into six areas) with five possible answers each, that cover working conditions considered potential causes of stress. RESULTS: The drivers/rescuers had a better performance than the VDU operators, especially in the areas "demand", "relationships" and "role". We compared men and women in the two groups, finding that, in VDU operators, women had a better performance than men in all areas, except "role" and "changes", in which the overall scores were the same in men and women. In the drivers/rescuers women showed more critical scores in the items "relationships" and "change". CONCLUSION: The results show that: the questionnaire-indicating tool is useful, with a demonstrated effectiveness for the occupational physician during the visits and proven validity; additional future efforts should focus on understanding the psycho-social, organizational and individual problems related to stress and the consequent implementation of preventive measures. KEYWORDS: Health workers; Psychophysical health; Questionnaire; VDU operators; Work-related
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)36-49
Numero di pagine14
RivistaANNALI DI IGIENE MEDICINA PREVENTIVA E DI COMUNITÀ
Volume28
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016

Keywords

  • HEALTH WORKERS
  • Health workers
  • Psychophysical health
  • Questionnaire
  • VDU operators
  • Work-related stress

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