Nurses Exposed to High Levels of Noise Experience More Health Problems, Stress

November 10, 2022


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5-15 mins
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We all experience interruptions at work, but are interruptions and noise more prevalent for healthcare workers? A new study by U-M researchers found that of 3,800 nurses interviewed, a small proportion of nurses who reported greater noise exposure were more likely to report health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, depression, anxiety, occupational stress, lower supportive work environments, and higher burnout. Marjorie McCullagh, professor at the U-M School of Nursing, says there is a great need for and application of such studies since healthcare workers deal with a lot of noise and interruption, which could impact their health and the quality of care they provide.

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