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August/September 2010 (vol. 07/2)

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Supporting healthcare workers

A Cochrane review finds some evidence that stress management training for healthcare workers can be effective in the short term, but no conclusions can be drawn on whether the benefits are sustainable. There is no evidence to support the use of brief stress management training, low quality evidence for the benefits of more substantial training (at least six hours’ contact delivered over a month or longer) but no evidence for sustainability in the absence of refresher training. There is strong evidence that intensive long-term training is effective in reducing work-related stress and burnout, and limited evidence that a management intervention can improve job satisfaction (but no evidence that it improves sickness absence).

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010; 3: CD003541.

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