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dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Daryl Ben_UK
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Roryen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Barbara Len_UK
dc.contributor.authorBundred, Peter Een_UK
dc.description.abstractBackground. Occupational stress has been implicated as an independent risk factor in the aetiology of coronary heart disease and increased hypertensive risk in a number of occupations. Despite the large number of studies into GP stress, none have employed an objective physiological stress correlate. Objectives. We conducted an exploratory study to investigate whether self-reported occupational stress levels as measured by the General Practitioner Stress Index (GPSI) were predictive of ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) using a Spacelabs 90207 in a sample of British GPs. Method. Twenty-seven GPs (17 males, 10 females) participated in the study. Each GP wore an ABP monitor on a normal workday and non-workday. All GPs completed the GPSI before returning the ABP monitors. Demographic data were also collected. Results. Stress associated with ‘interpersonal and organizational change’ emerged from the stepwise multiple regression analysis as the only significant predictor of ABP, explaining 21% of the variance in workday systolic blood pressure, 26% during the workday evening and 19% during the non-workday. For diastolic blood pressure, the same variable explained 29% of the variability during the workday and 17% during the non-workday. No significant gender differences were found on any of the ABP measures. Conclusions. For the first time in GP stress research, our findings established that higher levels of self-reported occupational stress are predictive of greater ABP in British GPs. More detailed psychophysiological research and stress management interventions are required to isolate the effects of occupational stress in British GPs.en_UK
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_UK
dc.relationO'Connor DB, O'Connor R, White BL & Bundred PE (2001) Are occupational stress levels predictive of ambulatory blood pressure in British GPs? An exploratory study. Family Practice, 18 (1), pp. 92-94.
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dc.subjectAmbulatory blood pressureen_UK
dc.subjectoccupational stressen_UK
dc.subjectorganizational changeen_UK
dc.titleAre occupational stress levels predictive of ambulatory blood pressure in British GPs? An exploratory studyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleFamily Practiceen_UK
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dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Leedsen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Liverpoolen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Liverpoolen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorO'Connor, Daryl B|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorO'Connor, Rory|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhite, Barbara L|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBundred, Peter E|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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