Health workers live more stress everyday

Health care workers report more daily stress and show more signs of psychological distress than the general population. More than half of them identify work as the primary source of stress.
The CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS directorate released a report on Friday, outlining resilience among its health care workers. The survey of the Estrie public health department was conducted among 1008 respondents, just before the reorganization of the network in 2014-2015.

The results indicate that 33% of health care workers vs. 26% of the general population experience daily stress. Resilience, which is an individual’s ability to psychologically resist life’s hardships, protects against the negative effects of stress. Women, individuals aged 18-29, and persons with incomes of less than $ 30,000 or with a high school diploma or less would have a lower quality of resilience.

The report also suggests that managers and health professionals experience less psychological distress, even if they are experiencing high stress.

Administrative, technical and social and community support staff experience more psychological distress related to daily stress.

The CIUSSS management wishes to maintain this resilience among its employees, to promote their quality of life.

Desired improvement

The report recommends the establishment of prevention strategies and information workshops on these issues. He also proposes to develop individual strategies, with the aim of strengthening employees’ ability to manage their stress.

In light of these findings, CIUSSS management says it would like to conduct another survey in the summer of 2018 to monitor the health status of its workers as a result of the 2015 administrative changes.

“Management CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS welcomes this report and will continue its efforts to respond to the recommendations. The health and well-being of our employees is an organizational priority, “said Gilles Michaud, Director of Human Resources, Communications and Legal Affairs.

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