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Document ID (ISN)111431
CIS number 11-0067
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Paterson J.L., Dorrian J., Pincombe J., Grech C., Dawson D.
Title Mood change and perception of workload in Australian midwives
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.48, No.4, p.381-389. Illus. 39 ref.
Internet access Mood_change.pdf [in English]
Abstract Twenty midwives in an Australian metropolitan hospital completed logbooks assessing daily fluctuations in subjective mood and workload. Participants also provided information about history of psychopathology and sleep quality. Workload factors significantly predicted mood at work. Specifically, when participants felt that their work was more demanding and frustrating and required more effort, or when they felt that they could not accomplish all that was expected, mood was negatively influenced. This supports the connection between workload and negative mood change in healthcare. Given the potential for mood to influence a multitude of functions relevant to safety, performance and psychosocial wellbeing it is important to understand the factors which influence mood, particularly in light of the current shortfall in the Australian healthcare workforce.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; physical workload; mental workload; mental health; women; hospitals; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) shift work; night work; fatigue; sleep disturbances; job dissatisfaction; subjective assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental workload
Fatigue
Hours of work
Mental health
Health care services