Navigation Links
The importance of the team composition in ICUs
Date:8/23/2011

A higher proportion of female nurses among intensive care teams may decrease individuals' risk of professional burnout, according to Swiss researchers who studied the factors related to burnout in the high-stress setting of the intensive care unit (ICU).

The research was published online in the articles-in-press section of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Burnout is believed to be a psychological response to chronic stress. It can lead to emotional instability, feelings of failure and low production or an urge to leave the job.

"Avoiding and understanding burnout is especially important now, given the projected shortage of ICU caregivers, in addition to the intensity and costliness of training these specialized professionals," noted Paolo Merlani, MD, attending physician at the University Hospital of Geneva.

To evaluate risk of burnout among different individual in different settings, the researchers used a self-administered questionnaire that captured demographic data, personal characteristics, subjective stress and risk of burnout. They evaluated more than 3,000 individuals in 72 Swiss ICUs. In addition to individual characteristics, they analyzed center-level factors (e.g., proportion of female caregivers among nurses and physicians) and patient-related factors.

In addition to the finding that a higher proportion of female nurses reduced overall risk of burnout, the researchers found more gender-related differences. While female caregivers were more likely to say that they experienced stress, they were more resistant to burnout than their male colleagues.

"This could be due to a methodological bias," said Dr. Merlani. "Indeed, female caregivers may have found it easier to admit their distress than did males.Men may be less inclined to express their distress."

Interestingly, the researchers also found that stress was not always associated with burnout. "One explanation may be that that being burned out may lessen the resistance to stress and therefore may contribute to a vicious cycle where the role of each factor might be confounding," wrote Dr. Merlani.

Of all the professions examined, nurse-assistants were at highest risk for burnout. "Since the participation to end-of-life and post-mortem care is known in the literature to increase the psychological burden and the risk of burnout and since these caregivers are usually less numerous in ICUs, the unavoidable consequence is that they are more frequently confronted to these difficult situations than others. This could be one of the causes of the increased risk of burnout in nurse-assistants," said Dr. Merlani.

Finally, Dr. Merlani and colleagues found that among women caregivers, those who were young, single and without children were at the highest risk for burnout.

"Our study could open a new frontier concerning burnout in ICUs, highlighting the importance of the team composition," said Dr. Merlani. "Of course, our results should be confirmed in a prospective multicenter, multinational study. Whether the results can be exported to other medical settings where team-working is pivotal remains for the moment an interesting question to be investigated."

"In the meanwhile," he continued, "ICU heads should ascertain that personnel at higher risk would be especially taken care of, and that resources should be provided to afford psychological support and promote a team culture. This could finally also increase the number of women staying in ICUs, thereby reducing the overall risk of burnout."


'/>"/>

Contact: Keely Savoie
ksavoie@thoracic.org
212-315-8620
American Thoracic Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Success of First World Congress of Pediatric Urology underscores increasing importance of specialty
2. Importance of policy action to help reduce HCV-related deaths across Europe by 2025
3. The importance of workplace relationships post-retirement
4. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute researchers isolate importance of gene in breast cancer prognosis
5. ‘Protein Lady' Announces New Blog to Promote Importance of Protein-Rich Diet
6. Childhood Obesity Institute Symposium at Children's National Medical Center Zeroes in on the Importance of Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Curb Childhood Obesity
7. Preschool depression: The importance of early detection of depression in young children
8. Trupanion Emphasizes the Importance of Pet Insurance for Small Pets
9. Water Community Stresses Importance of Security During Drinking Water Week
10. Study evaluates importance of timeliness of care in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
11. Breast cancer screening program should give higher importance to younger women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Fisher House Foundation Chairman ... John J. Lee, Nevada Military Support Alliance president Scott Bensing, and Peggy Kearns Director, ... VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. This will be the first Fisher House in ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... of the Pittsburgh metro area, celebrates the beginning of the latest charity campaign ... develop social skills through art. Donations to this worthy cause are currently being ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet today announces the ... print component of “Revolutionizing Cancer Care” is distributed within the February 12 issue ... with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000 ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A lot has been reported about the fitness routines of ... health and wellness resources most Americans could ever dream of having at their disposal. ... as frenetic as the U.S. President. , In honor of President’s Day on ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Basketball is a game for ... of the Peety PoppersTM series, sign language translation is featured in the top right ... wellness in Peety PoppersTM lessons has a sign language translator to teach kids the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... Ambulances announces its first delivery in the state of ... Emergency Medical Services (EMS) consisting of four vehicles: three ... Emergency Vehicles in Lecanto, FL , USA, ... the latest in Demers, ongoing expansion of sales.  ... --> Benoit LaFortune , Executive Vice President at Demers. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... SAN JOSE, Calif. , Feb. 12, 2016  SI-BONE, Inc., ... Implant System ® ("iFuse"), a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device ... announced that National Government Services, Inc. (NGS), the Medicare Administrative Contractor ... Illinois , Maine , ... Hampshire , New York , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today that it ... the safety and effectiveness of the WEB™ Aneurysm Embolization ... aneurysms.  Prof Laurent Spelle , MD, Head of ... France and Principal Investigator of the CLARYS ... and Germany.  Although patients with ruptured aneurysms ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: