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Job stress, coping and health perceptions of Hong Kong primary care nurses

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Few empirical studies have investigated job stress, coping and health perceptions of nurses working in primary care settings. One thousand self-report questionnaires, which consisted of the modified Nursing Stress Scale, Coping with Work Stress Checklist and Health Perceptions Questionnaire, were distributed randomly to a group of Hong Kong nurses working in primary care settings, to examine issues related to job stress. Three hundred and sixty-two nurses responded. Findings indicated that nurses in these settings experienced low-to-moderate frequency of stress, adopted direct coping strategies, and perceived themselves as rather healthy. There were also statistically significant links between job stress, coping and perceived health status. The findings of this study suggest that job stress, coping and health perception of nurses working in primary care settings were distinct from their colleagues working in acute care settings.
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Keywords: Hong Kong; coping; health; job stress; primary care nurses

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Science and Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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