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Salud mental

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Abstract

FUENTES, Patricia et al. Evaluation of the efectiveness of an interactive intervention for stress management in health professionals. Salud Ment [online]. 2015, vol.38, n.5, pp.347-351. ISSN 0185-3325.  https://doi.org/10.17711/SM.0185-3325.2015.047.

BACKGROUND:

The effects of stress depend on the perception of stressors and a person's skills for coping with stressful situations.

OBJECTIVE:

Evaluate an interactive intervention to develop resources and skills for proper stress management among healthcare professionals.

METHOD:

This intervention was tested using a chart designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes components of stress management, consisting of 17 statements about Knowledge, 11 about Stress management; 20 about Attitudes for reacting to stress. A total of 165 professionals and interns from related careers participated. Statistical analyses were conducted to compare the scores of the three components before and after the intervention using the Student's t test. McNemar's test was used to compare the results.

RESULTS:

In regard to the effectiveness of the intervention, an analysis of the comparison of scores found statistically significant differences in favor of intervention in the three components: Knowledge (t = -9.77, df = 164, p = .000), Skills (t = -10.19, df = 164, p = .000) and Attitudes (t = -4.80, df = 164, p = .000). The item analysis showed statistically significant increases in the number of correct answers after the intervention in the three components.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

The results of this interactive intervention were statistically significant in Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes for stress management. In addition to being a brief, innovative intervention, based on knowledge translation (4 weeks) and available on the Internet, the evidence of its effectiveness suggests it is a valid tool for proper stress management.

Keywords : Health professionals; health promotion; online intervention; prevention; stress.

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