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Document ID (ISN)108403
CIS number 08-985
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hansson A.S., Vingňrd E., Arnetz B.B., AnderzÚn I.
Title Organizational change, health, and sick leave among health care employees: A longitudinal study measuring stress markers, individual, and work site factors
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2008, Vol.22, No.1, p.69-80. 35 ref.
Abstract This study was conducted to investigate the effects of organizational changes in health care services on employees' self-reported health, work satisfaction, work-related exhaustion, stress and sick leave. The initial population consisted of 226 Swedish workers engaged in the care of older people, reduced to 198 one year later. They were divided between a study group affected by organizational changes and a reference group not affected by them. Self-rated health, work satisfaction, work-related exhaustion and hormones associated with stress were analyzed using a two-factor variance analysis design. Findings showed no significant differences in self-rated health, work satisfaction and work-related exhaustion. However, significant changes were found across time and between groups for the recovery hormone DHEA-S. Other findings are discussed. The study highlights the importance of considering the impact of organizational change on employee well-being from a number of perspectives, such as self-reported health parameters, registered sick-leave data and biological stress markers.
Descriptors (primary) work organization; sickness absenteeism; stress factors; psychology of work organization; health care personnel; state of health
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Sweden; hormones; determination in blood; stress studies; statistical evaluation; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden; USA
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Health care services
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors