Project: WORK RELATED STRESS AND ITS DETERMINANTS AMONG PRACTICING MEDICAL DOCTORS IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA.

Peer reviewed and published

This project was submitted on 29/07/2015, published on 29/07/2015

Introduction/background: The WHO and ILO have emphasized the need to evaluate psychosocial hazards arising from work. However, assessing work related stress is not priority in Nigeria, as there is hardly any policy as regards such in the health sector.
Aim: This study aimed to determine the distribution and work related causes of stress among practicing public health doctors in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Method: A multistage cluster random sampling was used in recruiting 236 doctors from primary and tertiary health centers in Rivers State. The study was a self administered questionnaire based survey.
Results: Among the total population, 76.7% of doctors were found to have high stress level which had no significant relationship with their age, gender, marital status, the facility where participants worked, the working status of participants and their cadre at work (p> 0.05). There was also no significant relationship between stress level and period spent in whole and current practice, and the working hours per day (p >0.05). There was a significant relationship between stress level and the specialty/department of the participants’ (p< 0.05). Most attributed factor causing stress in the workplace was excessive workload (p<0.05 and n= 84). Other identified stressors were work affecting family and social life, attending to difficult patients, low wages, bad road network to work, balancing work with academics, requirements of the job, long working hours, low manpower, no welfare for staff, poor working environment and relating with other workers.
Conclusion: There is a high level of stress among practicing doctors in Nigeria. The department/ specialty of doctors have an influence on the stress level and excessive workload was the most attributed cause of stress at work among practicing public health doctors in Rivers state, Nigeria.

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Masters
Stress and mental health
Healthcare

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Principal Investigator: Iboh Oghu

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