Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
OLIVEIRA, Luciana C. Barbosa de and CHAVES-MAIA, Eulália M.. The psychic wellbeing of health personnel working in public hospitals. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.3, pp. 405-413. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642008000300005.
Objectives Analysing the level of psychic health in health workers from public hospitals in the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Materials and Methods This was a descriptive, traverse cohort (stratified proportional) study of a sample of 95 health workers; a socio-demographic and work-based questionnaire and the Goldberg's General Health Questionnaire (GGHQ) were used. Results 82 % of the subjects were female, 60 % were married, 81 % catholic, 48 % were aged more than 45, 73 % had a workload of 40 hours per week and 63 % worked at other places. 64 % presented a good level of overall psychic health, the psychic health of 31 % of them was becoming affected and 5% were in extreme danger. Conclusions The need for preventative action should be stressed, even with psychically healthy professionals, being, to avoid future damage or more serious worsening of these workers' psychic health.
Keywords : Health; professional; hospital; mental health.