Psychological, lifestyle and coping contributors to chronic fatigue in shift-worker nurses.

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dc.contributor.author Samaha, E
dc.contributor.author Lal, S
dc.contributor.author Samaha, N
dc.contributor.author Wyndham, J
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:34:34Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08
dc.identifier.citation Journal of advanced nursing, 2007, 59 (3), pp. 221 - 232
dc.identifier.issn 0309-2402
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/4734
dc.description.abstract AIM: This paper is a report of a study to assess the following in shift-worker nurses: (1) the relationships amongst chronic fatigue and psychological variables including anxiety, mood and locus of control; (2) the relationships amongst chronic fatigue and a number of lifestyle factors such as shiftwork, sleep and exercise; and (3) various coping behaviours that best predict chronic fatigue. BACKGROUND: In the shift-working population, individual psychological, lifestyle and coping differences influence fatigue levels. However, some of these factors are somewhat unexplored and their relative contribution to fatigue remains poorly understood. Methods. An exploratory design was adopted with 111 eldercare shift-worker nurses. Data were collected during 2006. Nurses completed self-administered questionnaires examining fatigue, anxiety, mood disturbance, locus of control, sleep, work, lifestyle and coping characteristics. FINDINGS: Multiple regressions showed that mood disturbance, locus of control and trait anxiety are statistically significant predictors of chronic fatigue. Poor sleep quality was the lifestyle factor which most strongly contributed to fatigue. Other lifestyle predictors included higher workload perception, lack of exercise and the non-availability of support. Whilst problem-focused coping behaviours were not associated with fatigue, coping by using alcohol, letting emotions out and avoiding the situation significantly predicted chronic fatigue. CONCLUSION: The challenge for improving the fatigue outcomes requires further investigation of the profile of a nurse who is at a high risk of fatigue, and then integrating this profile into a fatigue management programme which considers relative contributions of the psychological, lifestyle and coping factors.
dc.format Print-Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04338.x
dc.title Psychological, lifestyle and coping contributors to chronic fatigue in shift-worker nurses.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of advanced nursing
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 59
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 221 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 232 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 921133
dc.personcode 010322
dc.personcode 10156014
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm
dc.description.keywords Regression Analysis
dc.description.keywords Exercise
dc.description.keywords Internal-External Control
dc.description.keywords Life Style
dc.description.keywords Adaptation, Physiological
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Nurses
dc.description.keywords Work Schedule Tolerance
dc.description.keywords Adaptation, Psychological
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords New South Wales
dc.description.keywords Workload
dc.description.keywords Fatigue
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Technologies
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc true
utslib.collection.history School of Medical and Molecular Sciences (ID: 341)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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