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Work-Related Stress among a Cohort of Italian Long-Term Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study

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Department of Translational Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, 28100 Novara, Italy
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KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Aging Project Unit, Department of Translational Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, 28100 Novara, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5874; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105874
Received: 13 March 2022 / Revised: 2 May 2022 / Accepted: 10 May 2022 / Published: 12 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Mental Health)
Despite long-term care (LTC) workers having been identified as particularly subject to chronic stress, only a few studies evaluated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stress in this population. As far as the authors know, no studies have investigated the relationship between work-related stress and chronic stress in the LTC setting. This retrospective observational study aimed to assess the level of chronic stress in LTC workers, to identify some possible predictors and vulnerability factors, and to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work-related stress. The study was based on the information gathered from two different questionnaires administered before and one year after the beginning of the pandemic, to a cohort of Italian LTC workers. We found that chronic stress was associated with lower resilience to stress scores (57.42 vs. 60.66) and with higher work-related stress scores (30.48 vs. 20.83). Interestingly, the overall level of work-related stress did not differ between the two questionnaires (27.84 vs. 29.08). However, the main components of the questionnaires changed; fatigue and burnout symptoms became more relevant after the pandemic. Results of this study suggests deepening knowledge of the components of stress to develop and implement effective stress mitigation interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: work-related stress; long-term care; healthcare workers mental health; COVID-19; mental health work-related stress; long-term care; healthcare workers mental health; COVID-19; mental health
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Conti, A.; Russotto, S.; Opizzi, A.; Ratti, M.; Nicolini, D.; Vanhaecht, K.; Panella, M. Work-Related Stress among a Cohort of Italian Long-Term Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5874. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105874

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Conti A, Russotto S, Opizzi A, Ratti M, Nicolini D, Vanhaecht K, Panella M. Work-Related Stress among a Cohort of Italian Long-Term Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(10):5874. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105874

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Conti, Andrea, Sophia Russotto, Annalisa Opizzi, Matteo Ratti, Daniele Nicolini, Kris Vanhaecht, and Massimiliano Panella. 2022. "Work-Related Stress among a Cohort of Italian Long-Term Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 10: 5874. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105874

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