To assess the risk from exposure to stress and burnout in health care workers, a pilot study was planned to compare and integrate the information based on the risk evaluation obtained through different parameters that can be quantified and elaborated to produce a numerical index, called the "Stress Index"; and the subjective symptoms from the individual workers. For these purposes, three internationally validated questionnaires were administered: the Job Content Questionnaire, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. The study considered six different Units from three divisions of Internal Medicine of a large public hospital in Northern Italy, and a total group of 228 health care workers employed in the six units. The results showed an association between the Stress Index scores and the scores from the questionnaires. In particular, in the two units with the highest levels of the index, a significantly higher unbalance between job demand and decision latitude was observed, together with the highest levels of state and trait anxiety and of depersonalization, indicating higher burnout levels.
|Translated title of the contribution||The "Stress Index". Proposal for a method to assess the risk due to stress and burnout in health care workers|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 3|
|State||Published - Jul 2003|
- Occupational exposure
- Psychosocial factors