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The relationship between workload, fatigue and sleep quality of psychiatric staff.

Fan, Jialin ORCID:, Liu, Juqing and Smith, Andrew P. ORCID: 2022. The relationship between workload, fatigue and sleep quality of psychiatric staff. Presented at: H-WORKLOAD 2021: International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications, Virtual, 24-26 November 2021. Published in: Longo, Luca and Leva, Maria Chiara eds. Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications. 5th International Symposium, H-WORKLOAD 2021, Virtual Event, November 24–26, 2021, Proceedings. Communications in Computer and Information Science , vol.1493 (5) Champagne Illinois: Springer, pp. 151-164. 10.1007/978-3-030-91408-0_10

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The present research investigated the relationship between workload, fatigue, and sleep quality of physicians and nurses in psychiatric hospitals by conducting a cross-sectional survey and a diary study. Both studies were conducted in China in early 2021, investigating the effect of workload on fatigue and sleep quality among psychiatric staff in a real-life setting. Study 1 was a cross-sessional survey, investigating 334 responses from physicians and nurses in five psychiatric hospitals, and Study 2 was a diary study examining the association between workload, fatigue and sleep quality in the working week of 48 psychiatric staff. The findings from the first study showed that the staff reported a high workload, and fatigue and poor sleep quality were very prevalent. Workload was the strongest predictor of fatigue. In the diary study, workload and fatigue increased over the week, and sleep quality declined. This research has identified the importance of studying workload and its effects on psychiatric staff.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030914073
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: November 2021
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2023 02:30

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