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Document ID (ISN)104672
CIS number 06-246
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fujiwara K., Tsukishima E., Kasai S., Masuchi A., Tsutsumi A., Kawakami N., Miyake H., Kishi R.
Title Urinary catecholamines and salivary cortisol on workdays and days off in relation to job strain among female health care providers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2004, Vol.30, No.2, p.129-138. Illus. 45 ref.
Abstract This study examined the effects of psychosocial job strain on the excretion of neuroendocrine stress hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol) on workdays and days off. 16 Japanese female health care providers filled out Karasek's job content questionnaire and had their neuroendocrine excretions (ie, urinary catecholamines and salivary cortisol) measured on a day off and on two workdays (one day shift and one night shift). Noradrenaline excretion was significantly greater over time in the high-strain group than in the low-strain group, and that of the high-demand group was significantly greater over time than that of the low-demand group. Adrenaline excretion did not significantly differ as a function of strain or demand, but was significantly higher in the group with high supervisory support than the group with low supervisory support. The concentration of salivary cortisol on a dayshift was significantly lower in the high-strain group than in the low-strain group. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) mental workload; neuro-endocrine effects; stress factors; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) Japan; epinephrine; shift work; catecholamine excretion; questionnaire survey; corticoid excretion; women; work time schedules
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Health care services
Mental workload
Diseases of the nervous system