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Work stress among physicians, dubai health authority, in the year 2018-2019


Background: Work stress is a significant problem that affects physicians. Multiple sources can contribute to this problem. High-stress rates among physicians can manifest in various expressions, including cognitive, behavioral, and somatic expressions. Work performance and quality of medical care administered to patients can be undermined by over-stressed physicians. The study aimed to assess the prevalence of stress among physicians working in governmental health facilities in Dubai (2018-2019) and their relationship with socio-demographic and job factors.  Methods: It is a cross-sectional study. This study population includes all physicians practicing in Dubai Health Authority hospitals and primary health care centers in the Year 2018-2019. Target Number is 1337 taken from the registry of Dubai health authority administration, but only 668 questionnaires were included with a RR of 49.9%. The data tool used in this study is a modified self-administered questionnaire from both validated health and safety executive (Barbaranelli et al., 2018) occupational stress and stress questionnaire by International Stress Management Association UK 2013. It consists of 22 items which were divided into demographic, stress indicators, factors, and other domains. They were distributed as hard copies by hand.  Findings: The study concluded that 40.2% were more likely to experience stress, while 59.8% were most prone to stress. Furthermore, the study showed a strong association with different factors such as the role of managers, shift duty, and multi-task work.  Conclusion: Work stress is a prevalent problem among physicians working at Dubai health authority. The stress is associated with factors: such as multi-task work, shift hours’ duties, time pressure, and the role of line manager. Implications for Occupational Health Nursing Practice or Implications for Occupational Health Practice: Healthier working environment will promote the well-being of its staff and ensure the proper delivery of care to the community.


Hayat Ahmad, Fatima Mubarak, Waad Almaftool Work stress among physicians, dubai health authority, in the year 2018-2019. Cardiometry; No.26 February 2023; p.198-206; DOI: 10.18137/cardiometry.2023.26.198206; Available from:


Work stress,  Employee Health,  physicians,  Health education,  Global Occupational Health,  Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Practice
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