Are the adverse psychiatric outcomes reflection of occupational stress among nurses: An exploratory study

Authors

  • Anuradha Davey Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Meerut
  • Parul Sharma Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune
  • Sanjeev Davey Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine Muzaffarnagar Medical College Muzaffarnagar
  • Arvind Shukla Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine Subharti Medical College Meerut
  • Kajal Srivastava Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune
  • Shaili Vyas Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine , Himayalan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v7i1.12869

Keywords:

Staff nurses, GHQ 28 items, psychological aspect, quality of life

Abstract

Background: Stress-related disorders encompass a broad array of conditions, including psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety etc. Among healthcare professionals, nurses have been found to be most prone to burnout.

Aims and Objective: 1) To find out the prevalence of recent stress among staff nurses in terms of somatic symptoms, anxiety, social dysfunction and depression and; 2) To find out the association between these psychiatric outcomes and various socio-demographic variables, inter-personal relationships, working environment and professional stress.

Materials and Methods: Institutional based cross sectional study conducted on 100 staff nurses. Goldberg and Hillier’s 28-item scaled version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) was used to measure the psychological aspect of quality of life of Staff nurses.  

Results: The most common psychological outcome noted was the social dysfunction (94%) among the staff nurses. For anxiety, potential stressor were doctors’ attitude, insufficient salary and separate wash room for females; whereas significant association was found between depression and unsatisfactory attitude of doctors, fellow nurses, not enough time for rest and not getting enough holidays.

Conclusion: Social dysfunction could be cause or effect of other psychiatric manifestations like anxiety or depression

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences Vol.7(1) 2015 96-100

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2015-08-28

How to Cite

Davey, A., Sharma, P., Davey, S., Shukla, A., Srivastava, K., & Vyas, S. (2015). Are the adverse psychiatric outcomes reflection of occupational stress among nurses: An exploratory study. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 7(1), 96–100. https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v7i1.12869

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