Health professionals suffer more from stress and have more negative health behavior, says research

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People who work in medical centers are supposed to have more health knowledge and better health.

However, in a recent study scientists show that these health professionals suffer more from stress and have more negative health behavior. The finding is published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Researchers from Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota conducted the study.

They focused on the association between having a high stress level and health behaviors in employees of an academic medical center.

Beginning January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013, 676 participants who are employees at Mayo Clinic completed an annual survey.

The result showed that each year, about 1/6 of members had a high stress level. In addition, high stress workers visited the wellness center less often.

In most years, there was a significant relationship between stress level and poor physical health behaviors (e.g., physical activity level and confidence, strength, climbing stairs), low mental health (quality of life, support, spiritual well-being and fatigue), poor nutritional habits (habits and confidence), and lower perceived overall health.

Researchers suggest that high stress is associated with negative health behavior. Future studies, therefore, should explore strategies to effectively involve high stress workers into helpful wellness programs.

Citation: Clark MM, et al. (2016). High Stress and Negative Health Behaviors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58: 868. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000826.
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