Quantitative work demands, emotional demands and cognitive stress symptoms in surgery nurses

Elfering, Achim; Grebner, Simone; Leitner, Monika; Hirschmüller, Anja; Kubosch, Eva Johanna; Baur, Heiner (2017). Quantitative work demands, emotional demands and cognitive stress symptoms in surgery nurses. Psychology, health & medicine, 22(5), pp. 604-610. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/13548506.2016.1200731

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In surgery, cognitive stress symptoms, including problems in concentrating, deciding, memorising, and reflecting are risks to patient safety. Recent evidence points to social stressors as antecedents of cognitive stress symptoms in surgery personnel. The current study tests whether cognitive stress symptoms are positively associated with emotional abuse, emotional- and task-related demands and resources in surgery work. Forty-eight surgery nurses from two hospitals filled out the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire in its German version. Task-related and emotional demands were positively related to cognitive stress symptoms. In a stepwise, multiple, linear regression of cognitive stress symptoms on task-related and emotional demands, emotional abuse and emotional demands were unique predictors (p < .05). Efforts to increase patient safety should address emotional abuse, emotional demands, and, therefore, communication and cooperation team climate in surgery personnel.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

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Elfering, Achim, Grebner, Simone Irmgard


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group




Christine Soltermann

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23 Apr 2018 15:30

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02 Mar 2023 23:30

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