PROMOTING ACCESS TO AFRICAN RESEARCH

Research Journal of Health Sciences

Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads.

Remember me or Register



Sleep quality and psychological morbidity among physicians in southwest Nigeria

O.O. Ogunsemi, T.O. Afe, A.A. Oyelekan, A Ale, B.S. Osalusi, S Tessie

Abstract


Objectives: The role of the physician has increasingly become more expansive, and demanding. These demanding schedules have played a heavy toll on sleep patterns and increased psychological stress. The objective of the study was to assess sleep quality and psychological morbidity among Physicians.

Method: A cross-sectional survey of 95 voluntary consenting physicians from different specialties during a 2-day conference. We administered Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and General Health Questionnaire-12.

Results: About 13.6% (n=13 out of 95) had a score above 2 on General Health Questionnaire-12, indicating psychological morbidity. Those who reported poor sleep quality (>5) made up 36.8% (n=35) of the respondents, There were positive significant correlation between hours spent on call and total scores on GHQ at r=0.230, p=0.03. Only subjective sleep quality (component 1) was significantly correlated with total GHQ scores at p=0.001

Conclusion: The findings in our study showed a relationship between sleep quality (component 1) psychological morbidity. We observed that long work schedules was the only factor associated with psychological morbidity and sleep quality. It is imperative for work-time stress management to be instituted among physicians.

Keywords: Sleep quality, psychological morbidity, physicians, work schedules, Nigeria




AJOL African Journals Online