• 1 Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicines and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicines And Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Malaysia
  • 3 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicines and Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Malaysia
J Nurs Manag, 2020 Mar;28(2):209-220.
PMID: 31887233 DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12938


AIM: The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of stress management interventional programme in reducing occupational stress among nurses.

BACKGROUND: Nursing professionals are placed continuously at the forefront in the area of health care which makes them highly exposed to professional stress.

EVALUATION: Randomized controlled trial studies (RCTs) were systematically searched in eight different databases for works published in English from 2011 to 2019; inclusion criteria were applied by two reviewers critically and assessed the risk of bias using Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT).

KEY ISSUES: The systematic search contributed to the extraction of approximately 10 most relevant RCTs. Most of the RCTs considered in this systematic review revealed that the stress reduction interventions and strategies were effective in reducing the levels of occupational stress experienced by nurses.

CONCLUSIONS: Current review shows that stress management interventional programme tends to be effective, but additional well-designed RCTs are needed to confirm their effectiveness.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Implementing stress management interventions within health care organisations are likely to assist nurses in reducing occupational stress and in improving coping strategies used by nurses for dealing with stress.

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