Gastrointestinal complaints in shift-working and day-working nurses in Iran

Saberi, H.R. and Moravveji, S.A. (2010) Gastrointestinal complaints in shift-working and day-working nurses in Iran. Journal of Circadian Rhythms, 8.

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Background: There is evidence in the scientific literature of the adverse physiological and psychological effects of shift work. The work of nurses in hospitals is connected with shift and night work. Several publications have described gastrointestinal disturbances in shift workers. The aim of this study was to compare the frequency of gastrointestinal (GI) complaints of nurses on a rotating shift with that of nurses on a regular day shift.Methods: The study involved 160 nurses (133 working in shifts and at night and 27 working on day shifts) in the Shahid Beheshti Hospital in Kashan, Iran. These nurses answered a Gastrointestinal Symptom Questionnaire regarding the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms (including heartburn, regurgitation, constipation, diarrhea and bloating). Positive responses required frequent symptom occurrence in the past 4 weeks. Significance of group differences was assessed by chi-square and Fisher-exact tests.Results: Prevalence of GI symptoms was significantly higher (p = 0.009) in rotating-shift nurses (81.9) than in day-shift nurses (59.2). Irregular meal consumption (p = 0.01) and GI medications (p = 0.002) were all significantly higher among the rotating shift nurses. In both groups, regurgitation was the most common symptom.Conclusion: Nurses on rotating shifts in Iran experience more GI disturbances than do nurses on day shifts. © 2010 Saberi and Moravveji; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; article; bloating; constipation; diarrhea; female; gastrointestinal symptom; Gastrointestinal Symptom Questionnaire; heartburn; human; Iran; major clinical study; male; night work; nurse; shift worker
Subjects: Medicine
Health Professions
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Public health
Depositing User: editor . 2
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2017 06:25

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