Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a highly infectious disease, with high potential for transmission to close contacts, particularly among healthcare workers. This is the first systematic study investigating hospital nurses' physical and psychological health status and the kinds of healthcare used—stratified by the level of contact with SARS patients—during the 2003 outbreak in Hong Kong. Nurses in moderate-risk areas appeared to have more stress symptoms than those working in high-risk areas. It is essential to design hospital support systems and occupational health policy to promote the psychological well-being of nurses during future outbreaks of emerging infections.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Nurses' physical and psychological health
- Preventive measures
- Severe acute respiratory disease