Stress as a Workload in Intensive Care Units



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords Stress; Stressors; Intesive Care Workplace; Physical Activity; Mental Stress
Description Stress is one of the significant workloads in intensive care units. This survey examines the relationship between the level of stress experienced, gender, age, length of practice and the degree of the workplace. It maps the factors that lead to the emergence of stress in intensive care units and examines its impact on work performance. Results from 121 respondents working in intensive care units show that the level of stress correlates with age and is typical for certain stages of life. Work stress is mostly created by load, where the physical and mental component is applied. Total physical activity corresponded to moderate load and the most important physical factors represented increased demands on the musculoskeletal system and disturbance of sleep rhythm. The level of mental stress was also in the moderate values. The most important psychological stressors were identified as a high degree of responsibility and increased demands on cognitive functions.

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