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Stress monitoring of ambulance personnel during work and leisure time
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden.
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2006 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 80, no 1, 51-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The aim of the present study was to assess physiological and subjective stress markers during a 24-h ambulance work shift and during the next two work-free days, and relate these parameters to self-reported health complaints. Methods: Twenty-six ambulance personnel were followed during a 24-h work shift and during the next two work-free days with electrocardiogram, cortisol assessments and diary notes. The ambulance personnel also performed tests of autonomic reactivity before and at the end of the work shift. The subjects were categorized into two groups according to their number of health complaints. Results: In general, stress markers did not show differences between the work shift and leisure time. However, a modest deviation in heart rate variability pattern and higher morning cortisol values during work in comparison with work-free days were observed in personnel with many health complaints. Conclusions: Subjective and physiological characteristics of ambulance personnel did not indicate distinctive stress during the 24-h work shift. Relationships between frequent health complaints and specific work-related factors require further prospective studies.

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2006. Vol. 80, no 1, 51-59 p.
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Adult, Ambulances manpower, Blood Pressure physiology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Emergency Medical Technicians psychology, Energy Metabolism physiology, Female, Heart Rate physiology, Humans, Hydrocortisone analysis, Leisure Activities, Male, Medical Records, Monitoring Physiologic, Occupational Diseases diagnosis epidemiology psychology, Personnel Staffing Scheduling, Questionnaires, Stress diagnosis epidemiology, Stress Psychological diagnosis epidemiology, Time Factors, Work Schedule Tolerance
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2809DOI: 10.1007/s00420-006-0103-xISI: 000240854500006PubMedID: 16680487Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33749332522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2809DiVA: diva2:119471
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2016-10-30Bibliographically approved

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