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Occupational Stress among Field Epidemiologists in Field Epidemiology Training Programs from the Public Health Sector

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WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Konyang University, Daejeon 35365, Korea
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Department of Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Division of Behavioural Sciences, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Internal Medicine, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju 54907, Korea
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Research Institute of Clinical Medicine of Chonbuk National University-Biomedical Research Institute of Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju 54907, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3427; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183427
Received: 3 August 2019 / Revised: 1 September 2019 / Accepted: 9 September 2019 / Published: 16 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health and Wellbeing in Public Sector Employees)
Despite the high-demand work environment for field epidemiologists in field epidemiology training programs, little is known about their occupational stress. To identify occupational stress and its related factors, the occupational stress among trainees in field epidemiology training programs in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions from 2016 to 2018 was examined using six subscales: Role Overload, Role Insufficiency, Role Ambiguity, Role Boundary, Responsibility, and Physical Environment. Furthermore, the data on the year of training and type of training program as well as the level of burnout, which affects stress-coping strategies, were collected. Fisher’s exact tests and logistic regression models were used to examine associations between occupational stress, burnout, the number of years of training, and the type of training program. Sixty-two trainees participated, and there were no significant associations between burnout, the year of training, and type of training program. A burden of occupational stress in Role Overload and Physical Environment was reported by 56% and 53% of respondents, respectively. The trainees affiliated with a university program were less likely to have a burden of occupational stress in Responsibility and Physical Environment. It is concerning that more than half of trainees in the programs experienced occupational stress in Role Overload and Physical Environment. Additional efforts to design improved training programs to reduce occupational stress are warranted. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational stress; field epidemiologist; burnout; trainee; training occupational stress; field epidemiologist; burnout; trainee; training
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Ryu, S.; Kim, Y.W.; Kim, S.; Liao, Q.; Cowling, B.J.; Lee, C.-S. Occupational Stress among Field Epidemiologists in Field Epidemiology Training Programs from the Public Health Sector. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3427. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183427

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Ryu S, Kim YW, Kim S, Liao Q, Cowling BJ, Lee C-S. Occupational Stress among Field Epidemiologists in Field Epidemiology Training Programs from the Public Health Sector. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(18):3427. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183427

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Ryu, Sukhyun, Young W. Kim, Seowon Kim, Qiuyan Liao, Benjamin J. Cowling, and Chang-Seop Lee. 2019. "Occupational Stress among Field Epidemiologists in Field Epidemiology Training Programs from the Public Health Sector" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 18: 3427. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183427

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