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Nursing physical workload and mental workload in intensive care units: Are they related?

Moghadam, K., Chehrzad, M., Masouleh, S. , Maleki, M., Mardani, A., Atharyan, S. & Harding, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5192-2027 (2021). Nursing physical workload and mental workload in intensive care units: Are they related?. Nursing Open, 8(4), pp. 1625-1633. doi: 10.1002/nop2.785


In order to ensure patient safety and quality of care, it is important to consider factors which may impact on nursing workloads. This study aimed to investigate the simultaneous physical and mental workload and any relationships between these concepts on nurses working in intensive care units.

A cross‐sectional design was undertaken.

Participants were nurses (N = 105) recruited from six adult intensive care units which met the inclusion criteria. Nursing Activities Score (NAS) to measure physical workload and NASA Task Load Index (NASA‐TLX) to measure mental workload were used. Data were collected for each participating nurse in three shifts (morning, evening and night). Data were analysed using bivariate correlation and multivariable linear regression analysis.

The mean (SD) of nurses' physical and mental workload was 72.84% (22.07%) and 70.21 (12.36), respectively. A significant relationship between physical and mental workload (p <.001) was identified.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. © 2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Publisher Keywords: ICU; intensive care unit; mental workload; nurse; physical workload
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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