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Document ID (ISN)111954
CIS number 11-0717
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arimura M., Imai M., Okawa M., Fujimura T., Yamada N.
Title Sleep, mental health status, and medical errors among hospital nurses in Japan
Bibliographic information Nov. 2010, Vol.48, No.6, p.811-817. 25 ref.
Internet access Sleep_mental_health.pdf [in English]
Abstract Medical error involving nurses is a critical issue since nurses' actions will have a direct and often significant effect on the prognosis of their patients. To investigate the significance of nurse health in Japan and its potential impact on patient services, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted among nurses working in hospitals, with the specific purpose of examining the relationship between shift work, mental health and self-reported medical errors. Multivariate analysis revealed significant associations between the shift work system, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) scores and nurse errors: the odds ratios for shift system and GHQ were 2.1 and 1.1, respectively. It was confirmed that both sleep and mental health status among hospital nurses were relatively poor, and that shift work and poor mental health were significant factors contributing to medical errors.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; sleep disturbances; mental health; hospitals; nursing personnel; human failure; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) shift work; night work; human factors; psychology of work organization
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Mental health
Psychology of work organization
Risk evaluation