October/November 2008 (vol. 05/3)

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Raynaud’s phenomenon

A systematic review of research on stress and burnout in healthcare workers found evidence that stress management interventions can lead to better health outcomes; however, the evidence came from just one trial. Of papers published between 1987 and 2005, 14 randomised controlled trials, three cluster-randomised trials, and two crossover trials met inclusion criteria. Thirteen trials investigated ‘person-directed’ interventions, such as cognitive-behavioural training, relaxation training, and therapeutic massage. Other interventions included problem-solving, psychological training and changes in work organisation. Evidence from one trial suggests that interventions with cognitive elements do better than those with behavioural features.

Occupational Medicine 2008; 58(6): 431–435.


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