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Title: Investigation of the key determinants of Asian nurses’ quality of life
Authors: Sachiko Makabe
Yanika Kowitlawakul
Mohd Said Nurumal
Junko Takagai
Orn Anong Wichaikhum
Neyzang Wangmo
Suk Foon Yap
Wipada Kunaviktikul
Junko Komatsu
Hideko Shirakawa
Yutaka Kimura
Yoshihiro Asanuma
Keywords: Environmental Science
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Abstract: © 2018 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The study aimed to compare nurses’ quality of life and investigate key determinants among Asian countries with different economic status. A cross-sectional survey was conducted across five Asian countries (Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Bhutan). Quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF), job stress (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health questionnaire), and demographic data were assessed. Stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis was performed to identify the key determinants of quality of life. Participants were 3,829 nurses (response rate: 82%) with a mean age of 33 ± 10 yr and majority were women (92%). Regarding quality of life, Bhutan yielded the highest scores, followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan, and these results were statistically significant. The key determinants that were significantly related to quality of life were “stress coping ability,” “life satisfaction,” “Japan,” “social support,” “job stress,” and “Singapore” (adjusted R2=0.46). In conclusion, nurses’ quality of life differs across Asian countries and is not linked to the country’s economic development. To maintain a good quality of life for nurses, an international exchange program like international nursing conferences for work environment and staff coping strategies is recommended to broaden institution’ minds and share experiences and exchange views to be able to realize their own problems and discover global solutions to them.
ISSN: 00198366
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