Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
Job-related stress (occupational stress) is a key cause of employee resignations, and so the early identification of individuals prone to such stress is important. This study will look at novice nurses working in a Japanese hospital, in order to try to evaluate potential predictors of susceptibility to occupational stress in Japanese novice nurses. The aim of this study is to look at possible predictors of job-realted stress in novice nurses in Japan.
Who can participate?
New female employees at Kagoshima University Hospital.
What does the study involve?
At the time of job entry, participants undergo a physical examination and provide a urine sample. In addition, they complete a number of questionnaires to measure their job-related stress and general mental health. Five months later, participants complete the same measures to find out if there has been any change.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
There are no direct benefits or risks involved with participating.
Where is the study run from?
Kagoshima University Hospital (Japan)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
November 2014 to October 2015
Who is funding the study?
Kagoshima University (Japan)
Who is the main contact?
Professor Masahisa Horiuchi
Potential predictors of susceptibility to occupational stress in Japanese novice nurses - A pilot study
The aim of this study is to find the predictors for susceptibility to occupational stress in Japanese novice nurses.
Institutional Review Committee of Kagoshima University Hospital, 06/01/2015, ref: 26-161
Single-centre observational cohort study
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Patient information sheet
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Mental health conditions
Participants undergo physical health examinations, provide a urine sample which is tested for ion concentrations (e.g. Na, K, P, Mg, Ca and Cl), and complete a lifestyle questionnaire at the time of job entry. Participants also complete a Brief Job Stress Questionnaire (BJSQ), related to mental health status, at job entry and 5 months post-entry. Psychological stress, somatic symptoms, and combined BJSQ scores are also measured at job entry and 5 months post-entry.
Primary outcome measure
Degree of occupational stress is measured using the Brief Job Stress Questionnaire (BJSQ) at job entry and 5 months post-entry.
Secondary outcome measures
No secondary outcome measures
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. New employee in a University Hospital
Target number of participants
Participant exclusion criteria
Not answering the questionnaire
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Kagoshima University Hospital
Funding Body Type
private sector organisation
Funding Body Subtype
Universities (academic only)
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Planned publication in a high-impact peer reviewed journal.
IPD Sharing plan:
The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are/will be available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Available on request
Basic results (scientific)
2017 results in: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29165135