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Document ID (ISN)106376
CIS number 07-464
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7079 - Medical Care
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koh D., et al.
Title Risk perception and impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on work and personal lives of healthcare workers in Singapore - What can we learn?
Bibliographic information July 2005, Vol.43, No.7, p.1-7. 24 ref.
Abstract This study measured risk perception and impact on personal and work life of health care workers (HCWs) from nine major healthcare institutions during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in Singapore using a self-administered questionnaire. Based on 10,511 valid questionnaires (response rate 70%), it was found that although the majority (76%) perceived a great personal risk of falling ill with SARS, most (69.5%) also accepted the risk as part of their job. Clinical staff (doctors and nurses), staff in daily contact with SARS patients and staff from SARS-affected institutions expressed significantly higher levels of anxiety. More than half reported increased work stress (56%) and work load (53%). Many experienced social stigmatization (49%) and ostracism by family members (31%). Most felt that the personal protective measures implemented were effective (96%) and that the policies and protocols were clear (93%) and timely (90%).
Descriptors (primary) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; Singapore; health care personnel; hospitals; risk awareness
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; national organization; infection control; social aspects; personal protective equipment; stress factors; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services
Psychological factors