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The impact of stress amongst health professionals

The impact of stress amongst health professionals


Journal of Mental Health, April 2011; 20(2): 111–114 EDITORIAL The impact of stress amongst health professionals JOHN WELLS Department of Nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland It is a truism to say that a defining characteristic of modern life is ‘stress’, though its subjective nature and the many meanings attached to it both by lay people and within clinical literature (see an example of the challenges in measuring such individualised perceptions in Witteman et al.’s paper on illness perception in this edition) can make its study a complex undertaking (Bergman et al., 2009). Nevertheless, the experience of ‘stress’ can have a significant negative impact on health (Nako, 2010). This edition of the Journal of Mental Health has a special focus on what is increasingly becoming a significant societal issue work-related stress, interventions to address it and the promotion of mental well being. Occupational stress or work-related stress is undoubtedly a major cause of mental ill health in populations and is a world-wide phenomenon (Nako, 2010). For example, in Canada 28% of workers report that they find most days at work either ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’ (Bergman et al., 2009). In the United Kingdom, the recent
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