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A&E staff 'need regular stress screening'

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Emergency departments should be screened regularly to identify causes of stress for staff, according to Dutch researchers.

The study assessed 254 nurses from 15 A&E departments.

Nurses report more time pressure and physical demands, lower decision authority, less adequate work procedures and less reward than a general hospital nursing population.

But they report more opportunity for skill discretion and better social support by colleagues.

The authors said: “Emergency departments should be screened regularly on job and organisational characteristics to identify determinants of stress-health outcomes that can be the target of preventive interventions.”

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