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Document ID (ISN)111432
CIS number 11-0068
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hakola T., Paukkonen M., Pohjonen T.
Title Less quick returns - Greater well-being
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.48, No.4, p.390-394. 10 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to design ergonomically-improved shift schedules for nurses in primary health care shift work in order to enhance their health and well-being. The main change made was the reduction of quick returns (morning shifts immediately after an evening shift) in order to ensure more recovery time between work shifts. Six Finnish municipal hospital units and 75 nurses participated in the intervention. The aim was to maintain or improve the well-being and work ability of aged workers. Subjects were divided into three age groups: 20-40, 41-52 and 53-62 years. The introduction of more recovery time between evening and morning shifts significantly improved the subjects' sleep and alertness, well-being at work, perceived health and leisure-time activities independently of their age. The effect on social and family life was also positive. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) work-rest schedules; shift work; mental health; ergonomics; nursing personnel
Descriptors (secondary) Finland; women; age-linked differences; hospitals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental workload
Fatigue
Hours of work
Health care services