World Health Day 2019: Occ Health in Context of Universal Health Care

Equitable access to healthcare occurs not only in the clinical setting but also in the workplace. From a public health perspective, one’s job plays a significant role as a social determinant of health. Workers in high risk job environments ought to have protections in place to minimize potential workplace hazards and reduce burdens on national health systems. In this sense, occupational health investments represent an expansion of universal health coverage that offer immense health benefits as well as economic benefits.

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National Cross Sectional Study of Workplace Well-being of Hospital Doctors in Ireland

A national cross-sectional study was done to measure levels of occupational stress, burn-out, work–life balance, presenteeism, work ability and desire to practise in trainee and consultant hospital doctors in Ireland. Participants included 1749 doctors (response rate of 55%). Burn-out was evident in 29.7% and was significantly associated with male sex, younger age, lower years of practice, lower desire to practise, lower work ability, higher ERI ratio and greater over commitment.

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Looking after your mental well being: A guide for Occupational Health Practitioners

With workplace initiatives, fact sheets and training packages everywhere, there is a huge move to promote well-being and reduce avoidable mental health issues. As clinicians working in occupational health, we not only deliver such interventions but we also see at first hand the harm that can be done when employers are not doing enough in support of mental health and well-being in the workplace.

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Burnout/StressJulie Ording
Interaction of Health Care Worker Health and Safety and Patient Health and Safety in the US Health Care System: Recommendations From the 2016 Summit

The purpose and goals of the ACOEM/UL Summit were to: (1) explore the evidence linking worker health and safety with patient health and safety; (2) develop a series of recommendations on how best to integrate worker and patient health and safety programs; (3) examine potential means of evaluating the effectiveness of these programs, with results to include quality, satisfaction, and cost metrics for employee/ patient health and safety that will improve over time; and (4) promote implementation and dissemination of the best and most effective practices.

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Step by Step Procedure of Occupational Medicine Specialist for Psycho-social Risk Assessment and Measures for Stress Reduction at Work

Due to growing importance of stress in the workplace and work-related stress as well as the role of occupational medicine specialist in its prevention, the Croatian Society of Occupational Medicine of Croatian Medical Association held the Conference, 'Step by step procedure (hodogram) and tools of occupational medicine specialist for psycho-social risk assessment and measures for risk reduction at work,' on 14 February 2015.

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Mental HealthJulie Ording
Burnout among After-hours Home Visit Doctors in Australia

This study aims to assess the levels of burnout among Australian-based doctors involved in the service. A total of 168 valid questionnaires out of 300 were returned (56% response rate). The Total Maslach Mean Scores (MMS) obtained were 15.97 for Emotional Exhaustion (EE), 3.15 for Depersonalization (DP) and 40.39 for Personal Accomplishment (PA), signifying low-level burnouts in all three dimensions of the MBI. Burnout levels are low while perceived achievements are high among doctors involved in after-hours house calls in Australia.

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Medical Supplies Shortages and Burnout among Greek Health Care Workers

This study investigates the frequency of medical supplies shortages in two Greek hospital units of the National Health System and assesses the possible impact on burnout risk of health care workers. It is a cross-sectional study (n=303) of health care workers in two Greek hospitals who were present at the workplace during a casually selected working day (morning shift work). The prevalence of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and low personal accomplishment was 44.5%, 43.2% and 51.5%, respectively. Medical supply shortages were significantly associated with emotional exhaustion and depersonalization.

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National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students

The National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students was conducted with the aims of:

  • understanding issues associated with the mental health of Australian medical students and doctors

  • increasing awareness across the medical profession and broader community of issues associated with the mental

  • health of medical students and doctors, and

  • informing the development of mental health services and supports for the medical profession.

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