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Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences
Physiological Society of Nigeria
ISSN: 0794-859X
Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 2007, pp. 123-127
Bioline Code: np07021
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences, Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 2007, pp. 123-127

 en INCIDENCE OF OCCUPATIONAL STRESS AMONG MEDICAL RADIOGRAPHERS: A POPULATION BASED ZONAL SURVEY.
UGWU, A. C.; EGWU, O. A.; OCHIE, K.; EWUNONU, E. O.; OVUOBA, K. N. & NJOKU, C. O.

Abstract

Biomechanical and Psychosocial stresses are capable of destabilizing any health care professional. The current health sector reform in Nigeria, which lays emphasis on service delivery on a background of very few radiographers, may lead to an increase in stress level. This study investigated the incidence of occupational stress among radiographers in southeastern Nigeria. 50 self-completion questionnaires were delivered to radiographers in the southeastern Nigeria. The questionnaires included questions seeking information on the demographic profile of the radiographer, anatomical regions of biomechanical systems/stress and Visual analogue scale (VAS), which rated job satisfaction and anxiety levels. 32 questionnaires were returned and analyzed statistically. Biomechanical stress was observed in all anatomical regions studied. Job satisfaction rating was 61.3% and anxiety level was 45.3%. This study has provided a baseline stress level and prevalence among radiographers with which future studies in view of the on going health sector reform in Nigeria could be compared.

Keywords
Biomechanical stress, psychosocial stress, radiographers.

 
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