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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2016; 15(2): 132-140

Investigation of depression and quality of life in nurses working in hospitals

Merve Kýzýlýrmak, Satý Demir.

AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate depression and quality of life in nurses working in hospital.
METHODS: The study was conducted in three hospitals in Eskiţehir city center. Participants of the study were 329 nurses working at different departments at hospitals. Data were collected through “Nurse Information Form”, “Beck Depression Scale”, and “SF-36 Life Quality Scale”. Kruskal Wallis test, Bonferroni Correction Mann-Whitney U test, and Spearman correlation analysis were used to analyze the data.
RESULTS: 89.7% of nurses participated in the study were female and 28.3% of them were working at surgical departments. 27.7% of them have a working experience of five years or below. 91.2% of nurses were service nurse. Significant differences were found between variables of age, gender, education level, economic level, working duration, participation to social activities, get support for coping with problems experienced at the working units and scores of life quality of nurses. The nurses who were single/widow/divorced/separated, working as service nurse, working at intensive care unit, can not get enough support for coping with problems had higher score of depression.
CONCLUSION: Some sociodemographic and working characteristics reduce the quality of life and increases the level of depression of nurses. The study results indicate that performing regular check-ups of nurses, minimizing workplace stressors, supporting solutions for problems experienced at the units and increasing social activities are necessary.

Key words: Nurse, Depression, Quality of Life

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