Emergency department workers face high job stress, but there is little effort to relieve their suffering, researchers say.
A review of past research on doctors, nurses and other staff in emergency departments (ED) found plenty of sources of stress, but only a handful of studies on interventions to offset the constant strain.
“Emergency department staff experience high volumes of work, and have to make quick decisions under pressure which carry a significant burden of responsibility,” said lead author Subhashis Basu of the University of Sheffield in England.
“Excessive stress may result in poor physical and psychological health; loss of job satisfaction and workers leaving their profession,” Basu told Reuters Health by email. Stress-heavy workplaces may be less productive and have more staff turnover, he added.
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