The Relationship between Demographic Factors and Quality of Life in the Medical Staff in a General Hospital

Introduction: The quality of life (QOL) of the medical and nursing staff of Greek hospitals has not been widely investigated and as a result published research articles on this topic are scarce. Aim: To investigate the QOL of the medical and nursing staff of a Greek provincial general hospital and its association with demographic characteristics and the work environment. Method: The medical and nursing personnel of a provincial general hospital participated in this cross-sectional study. A convenience sample of 200 employees was drawn from the hospital (response rate 91.36%) and the age range was 21 to 58 years. The research tool was an anonymous, self-reported questionnaire, designed by WHO, the WHOQOL-BREF, adapted to the Greek language and tested for validity and reliability, which were considered to be satisfactory (Cronbach’s α=0.873). Data collection was conducted during July and October 2012. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), v. 16.0. The statistical tests used were t test, x2 test, and multiple linear regression. The significance level was set at 0.05. Results: The women appeared to have a higher score than the men on the scales of physical health and level of independence of the WHOQOL-BREF (p=0.032). Most respondents reported no physical health problem associated with the higher scoring in four parts of the WHOQOL-BREF (p<0.001). Participants who were single reported better QOL in comparison with those who were divorced or widowed (p<0.001). Health professionals with fewer years of work experience (1-10 years), Introduction: The quality of life (QOL) of the medical and nursing staff of Greek hospitals has not been widely investigated and as a result published research articles on this topic are scarce. Aim: To investigate the QOL of the medical and nursing staff of a Greek provincial general hospital and its association with demographic characteristics and the work environment. Method: The medical and nursing personnel of a provincial general hospital participated in this cross-sectional study. A convenience sample of 200 employees was drawn from the hospital (response rate 91.36%) and the age range was 21 to 58 years. The research tool was an anonymous, self-reported questionnaire, designed by WHO, the WHOQOL-BREF, adapted to the Greek language and tested for validity and reliability, which were considered to be satisfactory (Cronbach’s α=0.873). Data collection was conducted during July and October 2012. Statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), v. 16.0. The statistical tests used were t test, x2 test, and multiple linear regression. The significance level was set at 0.05. Results: The women appeared to have a higher score than the men on the scales of physical health and level of independence of the WHOQOL-BREF (p=0.032). Most respondents reported no physical health problem associated with the higher scoring in four parts of the WHOQOL-BREF (p<0.001). Participants who were single reported better QOL in comparison with those who were divorced or widowed (p<0.001). Health professionals with fewer years of work experience (1-10 years),

Category: Volume 53, N 2
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Created Date: 15-06-2014
Authors: Aristotelis Koinis , Elpida Stratou , Panagiotis Kaparelos , Theodosios Moros , Konstantina Vogiatzi , Maria Saridi