Work related stress and associated factors among anesthesiologists working in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Background and Aims: Work related stress is common among medical caregivers and concerns all preoperative care providers. Although anesthesiologists are known to experience stress, there is no data in Ethiopia addressing this issue. This survey was Conducted among anesthesiologists working in Ethiopia to determine their awareness about work stress, associated factors and views regarding prevention programs. Material and Methods: A survey questionnaire was distributed to Anesthesiologist working in Ethiopia. The questionnaire had seven questions on sociodemography, ten on the work pattern, six on work related stress, thirteen on opinion Regarding the need and willingness to participate in stress related programs. Results: Twenty seven participants responds from a total of twenty nine participant which makes a response rate of 93.11%. Seventy four percent were working in teaching hospital, ninety two percent were working in Addis Ababa and sixty six percent of participant were practicing as anesthesiologist for less than nine years. Among participant 44.4% rated their stress as large(extreme amount) while 55.6 % rated as moderate.There was a significant correlation between the amount of stress and age of participant(P=0.021), sex of participant (P < 0.001),years of practice as anesthesiology(P = 0.036), type of employment (P = 0.047),working pertime in other hospital(p<0.001),involvement in training of juiners(p=0.032) and administrative problems in working place(p=0.022). Only 3.7% was very satisfied and fifty five percent were somewhat satisfied professionally. Ninenty‑six percent of respondents agreed that the questionnaire had made them think about work stress. Forty percent of participant were aware of all details about burnout and eighty five participants were agreed to take part in screening for burnout. Conclusion: Near half of participants rated their stress as extreme and was higher in female anesthesiologists, anesthesiologists working per time in other hospital, those involved in training of their juiners and those had frequent administrative problems at working place. Most of participants felt the survey made them think about work related stress and expressed their interests to participate in stress management programs.



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