Exposure to Stress: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals


July 2008
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2008-136
Cover of NIOSH Publication 2008-136

Occupational stress has been a long-standing concern of the health care industry. Studies indicate that health care workers have higher rates of substance abuse and suicide than other professions and elevated rates of depression and anxiety linked to job stress. In addition to psychological distress, other outcomes of job stress include burnout, absenteeism, employee intent to leave, reduced patient satisfaction, and diagnosis and treatment errors.

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