Recognizing and Managing Fatigue in the
Occupational Therapists' Workplace
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
with support from Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour,
Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Program Development
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What reseach tells us about the impact of workplace fatigue
Identifying, understanding and managing healthcare providers' workplace fatigue requires more than a adding a few comfy chairs in the coffee room.
The following list of evidence-based resources can be used for:
building personal and other stakeholder awareness
justifying the need for action
developing research-based proposals for decision makers
exploring examples and case-studies of tested approaches to fatigue management
educating students and entry-level therapists about the relationship between fatigue and fitness for practice
alerting all stakeholders tothe need for proactive, workplace fatigue prevention programs
Personal and patient safety are threatened by sleepiness and fatigue in healthcare workers. What can be done to reverse this trend? NIOSH: Workplace Safety and Health, August 2012 (note: you will have to join MedScape to view this article)
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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:February 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 2 - p 231–258
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Akerstedt et al. (2004) Journal of Psychosomatic Research 57, 427 – 433
Linton et al (2014) Sleep Med Rev. 2014 Nov 10;23C:10-19
Results showed that the psychosocial work variables of social support at work, control, and organizational justice were related to fewer sleep disturbances, while high work demands, job strain, bullying, and effort-reward imbalance were related to more future sleep disturbances.