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News spotlight: Nurses working in crowded hospitals more likely to be depressed

Nurse Leader Insider, June 7, 2010

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Finnish researchers report that nurses working on units that are filled to capacity have a higher risk of suffering from depression. The study—nurses made up 93% of the workers studied— reports that staff working on crowded units were twice as likely to take sick leave for depression.

The results published on May 4 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry do not prove that the nurses' depression stems from overcrowding, but the researchers raised the possibility that being overworked and dealing with a heavier caseload may contribute to some hospital staff's mental health.

Marianna Virtanen, PhD, the lead researcher of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, conducted the research in 2003-2004, taking information from 16 hospitals on the bed-occupancy rates. The information gathered from this year was then linked to data on sick leave for 5,166 staff in 2004-2005.

Source: Reuters



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