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Exposure to stress: occupational hazards in hospitals.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-136, 2008 Jul; :1-13
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. The purpose of this brochure is to: 1. Identify the sources of occupational stress; 2. Identify the adverse health effects of occupational stress; 3. Recommend work practices to reduce occupational stress.
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Psychological-stress; Psychological-effects; Job-stress; Substance-abuse; Alcoholism; Shift-work; Shift-workers
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-136
Healthcare and Social Assistance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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