Evaluation of trait anxiety levels between exposed and non-exposed health care workers to needle stick in Isfahan Al-Zahra hospital
Background and Objective: Injury with contaminated sharp devices like needles has the great potential occupational risk factor in health care workers (HCWs). Aim of this study was to evaluate trait anxiety level between exposed and non-exposed HCWs to needle stick.
Methodology: This present case-control study was performed on 48 exposed (case) and 48 non-exposed (control) HCWs. The self-reporting of trait anxiety in HCWs was determined by State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) Cases group were exposed to needle stick one month ago and control group were not exposed to needle stick since last two year ago.
Result: Independent t-test showed that mean scores of trait anxiety between two groups (exposed and non-exposed health care workers to needle stick) did not have a significant difference. But trait anxiety level was higher in case group compared to control group. Independent t-test also revealed that control group had a more experience than case group significantly (p < 0.001).
Conclusion: Base on these results one can conclude that trait anxiety level is equal between exposed and non-exposed to needle stick HCWs. It seemed that trait anxiety as a psychological factor had not effective parameter on exposure to needle stick in the case group.
How to cite this:Azmoon H, Dehghan H, Pourabdian S. Evaluation of trait anxiety levels between exposed and non-exposed health care workers to needle stick in Isfahan Al-Zahra hospital. Pak J Med Sci 2013;29(1)Suppl:351-353. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.291(Suppl).3532
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