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A systematic review of stress and stress management interventions for mental health nurses.

04 Aug

A systematic review of stress and stress management interventions for mental health nurses.

Edwards and Burnard from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff reviewed stress management interventions for mental health nurses. A systematic review of research in the UK, published between 1966 and 2000 was done, identifying 77 studies that met the inclusion criteria. Most of the studies (69) focused on the causes of stress. Eight studies examined the efficacy of various interventions.

Relaxation techniques, training in behavioural techniques, stress management workshops and training in therapeutic skills were found to be effective stress management techniques for mental health nurses. There were some methodological flaws, however, which detracted from the outcomes of some of the studies.

The review demonstrated that a great deal is known about the sources of stress at work, about how to measure stress and about the impact on a range of outcome indicators. What was found to be lacking was a translation of these results into practice, into reseresearch that assessed the impact of interventions that attempt to moderate, minimize or eliminate some of these stressors.

Citation: Edwards D, Burnard P. A systematic review of stress and stress management interventions for mental health nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2003 Apr; 42 (2): pp. 169-200. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award