What is it about?
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. Among nurses, post-traumatic stress can lead to compassion fatigue, lower healthcare quality, and lost work time. This survey of 761 staff at two large psychiatric hospitals in Canada found that 16% met a self-report PTSD screening cutoff, and 9% met more stringent criteria for PTSD. Staff who were exposed to critical events (e.g., assaults, threats and deaths) and those who experienced chronic stressors (e.g., patients screaming or physically resisting care) had higher PTSD symptom scores.
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Why is it important?
A lot of attention has been paid to PTSD among military personnel, police, firefighters, and other first responders. Our study is important because it shows that psychiatric workers are also at risk of workplace PTSD. It shows the need for workplace mental health programs to go beyond basic wellness programs to supporting staff with PTSD.
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This page is a summary of: Contribution of Critical Events and Chronic Stressors to PTSD Symptoms Among Psychiatric Workers, Psychiatric Services, March 2020, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900226.
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Trauma among Psychiatric Workers Research and Knowledge Translation Project
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Trauma among Psychiatric Workers: A Research and Knowledge Translation Project
Psychiatric hospitals can be rewarding places to work, but the work can also be stressful. The Trauma among Psychiatric Workers project ran surveys, interviews, and focus groups at psychiatric hospitals in Ontario, Canada. See our research outputs here.
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