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A study of workplace stress factors of doctors working in emergency units: Survey results of Denizli city

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Author(s): İbrahim TÜRKÇÜER | Bülent ERDUR | Ahmet ERGİN | Mustafa SERİNKEN | Aytaç BUKIRAN | Berrin AYDIN | Metin BOZKIR

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 68;
Date: 2007;

Keywords: Emergency medicine | work place stress factors | burnout.

ABSTRACT
Objectives: Workplace stress factors can reduce work efficiency, deter human relations, threat employee health, and therefore they can increase tension in the working environment. In this study, we determined the relationship between workplace stress factors and sociodemographic factors. Materials and Methods: 192 physicians (154 males, 38 females), were participated in the study. Physicians working in places providing 24 hour emergency services were reached. A questionnaire form including information on sociodemographic and workplace stress factors were administered. All physicians consented to participate were included in the study. Results: 37% of the participants were working in the State Hospital, 24.5% were working in the 112 emergency services. 97.4% of physicians indicated insufficient income as the most important stress factor and paper work-social security, difficulties in patient transfer, dealing with patients in psychiatric crises, and working with other specialty physicians were mostly cited other workplace stress factors for the participants. Conclusion: EMS is a multidisciplinary unit and working place stress factors are very common. Physicians working in ER are at risk of catching a significant stress syndrome, commit malpractice, and acquire health problems.
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