Characterization of the physical symptoms of stress in the emergency health care team

Authors

  • Sílvia Maria de Carvalho Farias Instituto Educacional Carapicuíba
  • Olga Lúcia de Carvalho Teixeira Instituto Educacional Carapicuíba
  • Walter Moreira Escola Superior de Cruzeiro
  • Márcia Aparecida Ferreira de Oliveira Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Enfermagem Materno-Infantil e Psiquiátrica
  • Maria Odete Pereira Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000300025

Keywords:

Stress, Emergency nursing, Ocupational health, Burnout, professional

Abstract

Nursing professionals working in Emergency Care suffer from the physical symptoms of stress in their everyday activity. The objective of this study was to characterize these symptoms using the Occupational Stress Indicator, a semi-structured instrument. To do this, the authors created open questions that were applied in interviews that were recorded and analyzed. The researchers listed the following physical symptoms: headache, a sensation of fatigue, leg pain, and tachycardia. According to reports form the workers, pain always resulted from emotional stress or appeared after providing emergency care, which suggests the workers find it very difficult to differentiate physical from mental stress. The investigation found that there is a need for measures to follow workers in their working activity. A manual was created, containing basic suggestions to improve the quality of life of the health team.

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Published

2011-06-01

How to Cite

Farias, S. M. de C., Teixeira, O. L. de C., Moreira, W., Oliveira, M. A. F. de, & Pereira, M. O. (2011). Characterization of the physical symptoms of stress in the emergency health care team. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 45(3), 722-729. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000300025

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