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Stress and burnout

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.

Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health 2008; 34(3): 169–178.  http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=1240

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2008 (vol. 05/3) pp40