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Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses.

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Hatch, DJ; Freude, G; Martus, P; Rose, U; Müller, G; Potter, GG
Published in: Occup Med (Lond)
May 23, 2018

BACKGROUND: The ageing of the US labour force highlights the need to examine older adults' physical and psychological ability to work, under varying levels of occupational burnout. AIMS: To examine how age and burnout interact in predicting physical and psychological work ability. METHODS: Using a cohort of actively working nurses, we assessed factors on the Work Ability Index at 12-month follow-up and determined how these were related to age and exhaustion-related burnout at baseline. RESULTS: The study group consisted of 402 nurses aged 25-67 (mean = 41.7). Results indicated age by burnout interactions in which decrements in physical work ability with greater age were observed at all but the lowest level of burnout (1.5 SD below mean: β = -0.14, 95% CI -0.36, 0.07; 1 SD below: β = -0.23, 95% CI -0.39, -0.06; mean: β = -0.39, 95% CI -0.50, -0.29; 1 SD above: β = -0.56, 95% CI -0.70, -0.42; 1.5 SD above: β = -0.64, 95% CI -0.83, -0.46). In contrast, we observed decrements in psychological work ability with age at higher levels of burnout only (1 SD above: β = -0.20, 95% CI -0.35, -0.05; 1.5 SD above: β = -0.30, 95% CI -0.49, -0.11); at lower levels of burnout, older age was associated with improvements in this (1 SD below: β = 0.19, 95% CI 0.03, 0.35; 1.5 SD below: β = 0.29, 95% CI 0.08, 0.50). CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicated physical and psychological dimensions of work ability that differed by age and occupational burnout. This emphasizes the need for interventions to reduce burnout and to address age-related strengths and vulnerabilities relating to physical and psychological work ability.

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Occup Med (Lond)

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1471-8405

Publication Date

May 23, 2018

Volume

68

Issue

4

Start / End Page

246 / 254

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Work Capacity Evaluation
  • Southeastern United States
  • Occupational Stress
  • Nurses
  • Middle Aged
  • Mass Screening
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Hatch, D. J., Freude, G., Martus, P., Rose, U., Müller, G., & Potter, G. G. (2018). Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses. Occup Med (Lond), 68(4), 246–254. https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqy033
Hatch, D. J., G. Freude, P. Martus, U. Rose, G. Müller, and G. G. Potter. “Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses.Occup Med (Lond) 68, no. 4 (May 23, 2018): 246–54. https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqy033.
Hatch DJ, Freude G, Martus P, Rose U, Müller G, Potter GG. Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses. Occup Med (Lond). 2018 May 23;68(4):246–54.
Hatch, D. J., et al. “Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses.Occup Med (Lond), vol. 68, no. 4, May 2018, pp. 246–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqy033.
Hatch DJ, Freude G, Martus P, Rose U, Müller G, Potter GG. Age, burnout and physical and psychological work ability among nurses. Occup Med (Lond). 2018 May 23;68(4):246–254.
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Published In

Occup Med (Lond)

DOI

EISSN

1471-8405

Publication Date

May 23, 2018

Volume

68

Issue

4

Start / End Page

246 / 254

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Work Capacity Evaluation
  • Southeastern United States
  • Occupational Stress
  • Nurses
  • Middle Aged
  • Mass Screening
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female