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Exploring physical health perceptions, fatigue and stress among health care professionals

Authors Rice V, Glass N, Ogle KR, Parsian N

Received 19 December 2013

Accepted for publication 29 January 2014

Published 1 April 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 155—161


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Vanessa Rice,1 Nel Glass,2 KR Ogle,2 Nasrin Parsian2

1School of Exercise Science, 2School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract: Nurses, midwives, and paramedics are exposed to high degrees of job demand, which impacts health status and job satisfaction. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and perceptions of health with a group of nurses, midwives and paramedics in Australia. Specifically, this paper reveals the findings related to the dataset on physical health. In this regard, the researchers sought to explore the relationship between physical health and job satisfaction, and the relationship between health status and stress levels. The study adopted a mixed methodology and used two methods for data collection: one-on-one interviews exploring the relationship between physical health and job satisfaction, and a survey questionnaire focusing on self-rated stress management. The individual interviews were conducted for further exploration of the participants' responses to the survey. There were 24 health care participants who were drawn from metropolitan and regional Australia. The findings revealed participants: had a desire to increase their physical activity levels; had different perspectives of physical health from those recommended by government guidelines; and viewed physical health as important to job satisfaction, yet related to stress and fatigue.

Keywords: workforce, job satisfaction, health status

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