A cohort study of psychosocial work stressors on work ability among Brazilian hospital workers

Hospital work is characterised by stressors that can influence work ability. The present study aims to assess the association between psychosocial work stressors and changes in work ability in a group of Brazilian hospital employees. From 1,022 workers included in a 3-year cohort started in 2009, 423 (41.4%) returned the applied questionnaires in 2012. Changes in work ability were considered as the dependent variable and the investigated psychosocial work stressors as independent variables. Logistic regression models adjusted for potential con-founders (demographic, occupational features, social support, overcommitment, and situations liable to cause pain/injury). High levels of exposure to psychosocial work stressors were significantly associated with decreased work ability: job strain (OR=2.81), effort-reward imbalance (OR=3.21). The authors concluded that strategies to reduce psychosocial work stressors should be considered to maintain hospital employees’ work ability. Such strategies have implications for institutional and social policies and might be included in quality management programmes.

Authors: Martinez MC, do Rosário Dias de Oliveira Latorre M, Fischer FM. ;Full Source: American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2015 May 24. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22476. [Epub ahead of print] ;