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Mood change and perception of workload in Australian midwives

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Jessica PatersonJessica Paterson, J Dorrian, J Pincombe, C Grech, Drew DawsonDrew Dawson
Investigations of mood and workload in health care settings have focussed primarily on nurses and junior doctors. given the critical shortfall in the Australian midwifery workforce, and the specialised nature of midwifery as an occupation, it is important to understand how mood and workload are experienced by midwives. Twenty midwives (18F, 2M) in an Australian metropolitan hospital completed logbooks assessing daily fluctuations in subjective mood and workload. Participants also provided information about history of psychopathology and sleep quality. Results revealed that midwives were relatively stable in terms of mood but did experience increased fear and decreased happiness when at work. Futher, workload factors significantly predicted mood at work. Specifically, when participants felt that their work was more demanding and frestrating and required more effort, or when they felt that they could not accomplish all that was expected, mood was negatively influenced. This supports the connection between workload and negative mood change in healthcare. Given the potential for mood to influence a multitude of functions relevant to safety, performance and psychosocial wellbeing it is important to understand the factors which influence mood, particularly in light of the current shortfall in the Australian healthcare workforce.

History

Volume

48

Issue

4

Start Page

381

End Page

389

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1880-8026

ISSN

0019-8366

Location

Japan

Publisher

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Industrial health.