The impact of stress amongst health professionals

Journal of Mental Health (Impact Factor: 1.01). 04/2011; 20(2):111-4. DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2011.556161
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    • "While initial threats and demands are experienced as stress, ongoing threat or the loss of resources (especially after a worker invests considerable resources in a job) leads to burnout. Given current economic conditions, this model suggests that burnout may actually be increasing as resources for mental health workers become more scarceā€”a supposition also recently noted by others (Wells 2011). "
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    ABSTRACT: Building on two independent studies, we compared burnout and job satisfaction of 66 VA staff and 86 community mental health center staff in the same city. VA staff reported significantly greater job satisfaction and accomplishment, less emotional exhaustion and lower likelihood of leaving their job. Sources of work satisfaction were similar (primarily working with clients, helping/witnessing change). VA staff reported fewer challenges with job-related aspects (e.g. flexibility, pay) but more challenges with administration. Community mental health administrators and policymakers may need to address job-related concerns (e.g. pay) whereas VA administrators may focus on reducing, and helping workers navigate, administrative policies.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2011 · Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of this study was to refine and test the psychometric properties of a scale to measure provider attitudes about recovery. Method: This was a secondary data analysis that combined survey data from 1,128 mental health providers from 3 state hospitals, 6 community mental health centers, and 1 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center. Rasch analyses were used to examine item-level functioning to reduce the scale to a briefer, unidimensional construct. Convergent validity was assessed through correlations with related measures. Results: The Provider Expectations for Recovery Scale had strong internal consistency, was related to education and setting in expected ways, and was associated with lower levels of burnout and higher levels of job satisfaction. Conclusions and implications for practice: A 10-item scale of Provider Expectations for Recovery appears to be a useful tool to measure an important construct in recovery-oriented care. The process of refining the measure also highlights potential factors in how providers view recovery.
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