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Health Promot Perspect. 2018 Jul 7;8(3):195-199. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.26. eCollection 2018.

Relationships between dimensions of fatigue and psychological distress among public hospital nurses.

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1
Department of Occupational Health and Ergonomics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2
Department of Nursing, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3
Department of Health Safety and Environment (HSE), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Background: Fatigue and psychological distress are fairly common among nursing personnel,but their relationship is not clearly understood. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we investigated the relationships between dimensions of fatigue and psychological distress among 699 public hospital nurses in Iran. The Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI-20) and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) were used for evaluation of fatigue and psychological distress, respectively. Results: The total fatigue score of the MFI-20 was 52.5 (SD = 11.8). The general fatigue (mean± SD = 13.2±3.1) and reduced motivation (mean ± SD = 9.2±2.7) were the fatigue dimensions with the highest and lowest mean scores, respectively. The percentage of psychological distress(e.g., those nurses scored above the cut-off point [GHQ-12 ≥ 4]) was 29.1%. Stepwise multiple linear regression analysis indicated that general (P<0.001), physical (P<0.001) and mental (P<0.001) aspects of fatigue were significantly related to the psychological distress, so that the scores of these fatigue dimensions were significantly higher for those nurses with a higher level of psychological distress (above the cut-off point) than those with a lower level of psychological distress (below the cut-off point). Conclusion: The results emphasize the need for multi-component interventions aimed at decreasing both mental and physical fatigue, and consequently reducing the psychological distress among this group of healthcare professionals.

KEYWORDS:

Health care; Mental disorders; Mental distress; Mental health; Nursing

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