Background: Stress has often been related to a multitude of negative human behaviours and many health conditions including cardiovascular diseases. In recent times, several harmful dietary practices such as unhealthy eating patterns have been associated with issues of stress. Work-related stress (WRS) is experienced when the demands of the work environment exceed the employees’ ability to cope with (or control) them. Nursing is generally perceived as a stressful and demanding profession. A review of employee stress in healthcare settings across 17 countries found that nurses in the majority of countries experience high levels of occupational stress. Aim: This study assessed the association between WRS and caloric intake among nurses in two district level primary care hospitals in Mampong-Akuapem of the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern Region, Ghana. Methods: The study was cross sectional with a convenient selection of 85 nurses from the two hospitals, Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital (public) and Bryan Lowe Orthopedic Hospital (private). Stress levels for both on and off duty periods were measured. Physiological level of stress using the Salimetrics cortisol assay in saliva and psychological levels of stress using the Cooper’s Life-Stress Inventory were measured. Caloric intake was determined by a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) as well as a four day (two week days and two weekends) 24-hour recall. The body mass index (BMI) of the nurses was also determined. Stress levels were compared to caloric intake and BMI using the Pearson’s correlation test. Variations in stress levels among various ranks of nurses was also analysed. Results: The average age of the nurses was 34.86 ± 6.27 years. Their BMI ranged from 17.96 – 34.82 kg/m2 with a mean of 26.11 ± 2.96 kg/m2 . Majority of the nurses (52.9%) were in the WHO classification of overweight.
NUHU, N (2021). Association Between Calorie Intake And Work Related Stress Among Nurses in Two District Level Hospitals in MAMPONG-AKUAPEM of The Eastern Region of Ghana. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/association-between-calorie-intake-and-work-related-stress-among-nurses-in-two-district-level-hospitals-in-mampong-akuapem-of-the-eastern-region-of-ghana
NUHU, NAGUMSI "Association Between Calorie Intake And Work Related Stress Among Nurses in Two District Level Hospitals in MAMPONG-AKUAPEM of The Eastern Region of Ghana" Afribary. Afribary, 14 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/association-between-calorie-intake-and-work-related-stress-among-nurses-in-two-district-level-hospitals-in-mampong-akuapem-of-the-eastern-region-of-ghana. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.
NUHU, NAGUMSI . "Association Between Calorie Intake And Work Related Stress Among Nurses in Two District Level Hospitals in MAMPONG-AKUAPEM of The Eastern Region of Ghana". Afribary, Afribary, 14 Apr. 2021. Web. 25 Sep. 2023. < https://afribary.com/works/association-between-calorie-intake-and-work-related-stress-among-nurses-in-two-district-level-hospitals-in-mampong-akuapem-of-the-eastern-region-of-ghana >.
NUHU, NAGUMSI . "Association Between Calorie Intake And Work Related Stress Among Nurses in Two District Level Hospitals in MAMPONG-AKUAPEM of The Eastern Region of Ghana" Afribary (2021). Accessed September 25, 2023. https://afribary.com/works/association-between-calorie-intake-and-work-related-stress-among-nurses-in-two-district-level-hospitals-in-mampong-akuapem-of-the-eastern-region-of-ghana