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Elevated suicide risk among veterinary surgeons

An accumulating body of research demonstrates that risk of suicide varies between occupational groups. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that veterinary surgeons are a group at risk. A systematic review of studies of rates and methods of suicide in the veterinary profession shows that there appears to be an elevated risk of suicide for veterinary surgeons in several countries.

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So tired!

A high prevalence  of fatigue and need for recovery (NFR) was found in highly educated women (35.2%). In particular those aged 50–64 years (40.3%). The situational, working conditions and health factors in the researchers’ model did not explain the gender differences among highly educated employees. Time pressure in work largely explained the differences in NFR among women at different education levels (crude OR 1.44; CI = 1.4–1.5, adjusted OR 1.14; CI = 1.0–1.3). In the age comparison, lower health ratings, more adverse working conditions, and working as a teacher explained older highly educated women’s high prevalence of high NFR (crude OR 1.32; CI = 1.2–1.5, adjusted OR 0.94; CI = 0.8–1.2).

Work-related fatigue: the speciffic case of highly educated women in the Netherlands
Petra Verdonk · Wendela E. Hooftman · Marc J. P. M. van Veldhoven · Louise R. M. Boelens · Lando L. J. Koppes
Int Arch Occup Environ Health, 2009
DOI 10.1007/s00420-009-0481-y123 Read the rest of this entry »

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Sickness absence due to common mental illness in the Netherlands

This study investigated the incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders in the Netherlands from 2001 to 2007 in an observational study in about 1 million employees, working in various economic sectors, representative for the Dutch workforce.

The 12-month incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders was 2.2% in 2001, increased to 2.7% in 2004 and decreased thereafter to 2.0% in 2007.

The percentage of sick days due to common mental disorders was highest in the education sector (39%) followed by financial services (31%) and health care (30%).

In the Netherlands, the incidence of sickness absence with common mental disorders was highest in 2004 and has decreased since then probably because of changes in sick leave compensation, economic market position and company policies

Trends in the incidence of sickness absence due to common mental disorders between 2001 and 2007 in the Netherlands
Corné A. M. Roelen, P. C. Koopmans, R. Hoedeman, U. Bültmann, J. W. Groothoff and J. J. L. van der Klink
The European Journal of Public Health 2009 19(6):625-630

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Work-related mental ill health in the UK

To provide a measure of the incidence of work-related mental ill-health reported by specialist psychiatrists and occupational physicians to the Health and Occupation Reporting Network (THOR) during the period 2002–05. Cases were analysed by age, gender, industry and precipitating event.

Estimated annual average incidence rates (95% confidence intervals) of work-related mental ill-health diagnoses reported to THOR between 2002 and 2005 by psychiatrists were 89 (78, 101) per million and by occupational physicians were 1589 (1443, 1735) per million.

Work-related anxiety and depression and stress continue to constitute a significant proportion of all work-related mental ill-health diagnoses in the UK, with workload and interpersonal relationships reported as significant risk factors.

Work-related mental ill-health and ‘stress’ in the UK (2002–05)
Melanie Carder, Susan Turner, Roseanne McNamee and Raymond Agius
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(8):539-544; doi:10.1093/occmed/kqp117

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Video on stress at work

stress at workHere you can find a video in several languages dealing with European measures to tackle stress at work

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Every figure you want to know about stress at work in Europe

Just recently published report on stress at work in Europe, with data on a wide range of countries and subjects. European Risk Observatory Report Nr.9, publication from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao, Spain.

OSH in figures: Stress at work- facts and figures

“Stress at work is common throughout Europe. In surveys carried out every five years by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, respondents name it as the second most common threat posed by the working environment. Only musculoskeletal problems are seen as more likely to damage workers’ health. According to the fourth European Survey of Working Conditions, carried out in 2005 in all Member States, stress was experienced by an average 22% of working Europeans. In 2002, the annual economic cost of work-related stress in the EU15 was estimated at EUR 20,000 million.”

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Many young physicians feel chronically stressed

To investigate and compare the relative impact of workplace-related factors and personal characteristics on chronic psychosocial stress experience in young physicians a prospective study was undertaken. A cohort of Swiss medical school graduates was followed up. In their 4th and 8th year after graduation, 443 physicians assessed their workplace conditions, the experienced effort–reward imbalance, the received professional and emotional support as well as their personal characteristics. Chronic stress was measured 7 years after graduation (TICS–SCSS).

The mean in chronic stress in our study sample is significantly higher compared to an age-matched population representative sample. In the prediction of chronic stress, the workplace-related factor effort–reward imbalance as well as the personal characteristic overcommitment turned out to be the most important risk factors. Stress protective are high satisfaction with career support, sense of coherence and occupational self-efficacy.

Chronic stress experience in young physicians: impact of person- and workplace-related factors
by: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm, Claus Buddeberg, Richard Klaghofer International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, Online September 25, 2009  Read the rest of this entry »

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Judges and prosecuters experience a lot of stress in Taiwan

To examine the associations between occupational stress and burnout among among 211 judicial officers, comprising 87 judges and 98 procurators, in Taiwan, the job content questionnaire (JCQ), Siegrist’s effort–reward imbalance questionnaire (ERI), and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) were administered.

High psychological demand, effort, and overcommitment were significantly associated with both personal and work-related burnout. Low workplace social support was significantly associated with client-related burnout.

In general, occupational stress was associated with personal and work-related burnout for both judges and prosecutors.

Feng-Jen Tsai, Chang-Chuan Chan
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Treat your depression online: it works

Interesting free fulltext article on a web-based intervention aimed at depression, tested in Germany.

Effectiveness of a Novel Integrative Online Treatment for Depression (Deprexis): Randomized Controlled Trial

by Björn Meyer; Thomas Berger; Franz Caspar; Christopher G Beevers; Gerhard Andersson; Mario Weissz, recently published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the Web-based intervention in a randomized controlled trial there were 396 adults recruited via Internet depression forums in Germany. Study showed that an integrative online treatment program—Deprexis—was effective in improving symptoms of depression among many of these.

On average, program users experienced lasting symptom reductions and improvements in functioning, whereas those who did not use the program remained at their original level of distress and dysfunction.

Future studies could examine how the program can best be deployed to reach those who might benefit from its use, how large-scale adoption of the program could help address unmet treatment needs, and how the therapeutic effects achieved by the program unfold on changes at the behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal, and other levels of analysis.

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