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The correlation between occupational stress and redox state among nurse population

Background: This research is aimed to explore the influence of occupational stress on oxidation and oxidation resistance in nurse population.

Methods: 140 nurses were included in this research. The questionnaire was performed to collect the data of occupational stress. Moreover, the hydroxyl radical, antioxidant enzyme level was tested.

Results: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) level in nurses younger than 30 y old was significantly higher than other groups while that was most lower in nurses older than 45 y old. The difference was significant (P<0.05). Compared with participants with lower academic degrees, nurses with higher degree had a significantly higher Glutathione Peroxidase (GSH-Px) level. The work prospect and work control was the main influence factors for SOD. Work risk was the negative factor while peace emotion was the positive factor of SOD (P<0.05).

Conclusion: The occupational stress, such as the work prospect and work control is associated with body’s anti-oxidation ability.

Author(s): Jinbao Mao, Xiaoyang Zhou, Hongxiang Duan, Chao Li, Zhen Wang