Relationship Between Current Shift Work And Work Related Stress Symptoms Among Healthcare Workers From A Clinical Setting

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BACKGROUND: shift work is a very common characteristic in healthcare and has been associated with work-related stress.
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the relationship between current shift work and work-related stress symptoms among healthcare workers from a clinical setting in Medellin, Colombia.
METHODS: a cross-sectional study was conducted from January to July 2014, Participants completed demographic, occupational and lifestyle questionnaire, and a self-reported work-related stress symptoms instrument.
RESULTS: The Study sample consisted of 160 (80%) females and 40 (20%) males. Mean age was 35.1 ± 9.1. Overall, no significant differences were seen in physiological, social behavior, intellectual and occupational and psych emotional symptoms in shift workers compared to day workers. In a stratified analysis, statistically significant differences were observed in physiological and psycho emotional symptoms means in the group conformed by nurses and nursing assistants. (p=0.030 and p=0.047 respectively)
Keywords: shift work, work-related stress, healthcare

Shift work has become increasingly common due to recent changes in economics and political trends. It is estimated that in industrialized countries, approximately 20% of jobs use this type of work modality. (1) European and North American surveys reported that between 15 to 30% of the adult worker population is exposed to shift work. (2, 3). According to the First National
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