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Mental Health Survey on Shift Work Nurses in Shiraz Province, Iran

Author(s): Z Zamanian Ardakani | H Kakooei | S.M.T Ayattollahi | SM Karimian | G Nasle Seraji

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Hospital nurses | GHQ-28 | Mental health status

Background and Aim: There are no occupational health data concerning the prevalence of mental disorders in Iranian hospital nurses. Such information may be a prerequisite for efficient occupational mental health interventions. The aim of this study was to determine mental health status among shift work hospital nurses."nMaterials and Methods: This paper reports the findings of a cross-sectional survey that was part of a larger quasi-experimental study. We selected and evaluated 1195 nurses in 12 general hospitals in Shiraz (capital of Fars Province), using the 28-item version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). We used structured observations in accordance with an occupational health checklist to assess working environment during the work period."nResults: Results indicated that 28.7% of nurses were in poor mental health. Mental disease was more common among females than males (p

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