Shift Work Disorder and Associated Health Problems among Nursing Staffs Working in a Tertiary Health Centre, Chennai, South India


Authors : Jayanth Jayaraman, Dr. Timsi Jain

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 9 - September

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Nurses are healthcare workers who don’t care about their health but their patient. There are evidences that nurses are engaged into improper shift system (mainly night shifts)- such work schedules have been related to numerous health problems, which include gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems, metabolic syndrome, migraine, anxiety, and depression .The diagnostic criteria for SWD, as defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)'s International Classification of Sleep Disorders-2 (ICSD- 20). Here in this study we assess the prevalence of Shift Work Disorder and related health problems among nurses in a tertiary care hospital, Chennai, South India. A cross sectional Hospital based study on nurses of tertiary hospital in Chennai for a duration of 2 months on sample size (N):127 using Standard Shift work Index questionnaire. The results will be tabulated and analysed statistically with appropriate parametric and non- parametric tests such as student’s t-test and chi-Square test. The prevalence of SWD will be assessed and related health problems among the health care nurses will be assessed using the questionnaire as the tool. Shift work and related health problems are important topics in the health-care sector due to their possible negative impact on the workers’ health and safety. Health education, awareness among workers regarding their work schedules, shifts, holidays, and treatment plays a major role in treating SWD. Till now only few studies haves been done to assess the shift work disorder hence, this study will be useful in assessing the prevalence of shift work disorder and to create awareness among the health care individuals whose primary job is taking care of other people’s health.

Keywords : Shift Work Disorder, Health Problems, Night Shifts.

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