The effects of perceived stress on biological parameters in healthcare professionals: A systematic review

Karen Dawe, Anthony Montgomery, Hannah McGee, Efharis Panagopoulou, Karen Morgan, Lucy Hackshaw, Kavita Vedhara*

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Abstract

We synthesised evidence on biological correlates of psychological stress in hospital-based healthcare professionals, and examined whether there was evidence of consistent biological changes. Electronic databases were searched for empirical studies; 16 articles (0.6%) met the inclusion criteria. Evidence of a relationship between indices of psychological stress and biological parameters was limited and inconsistent. There was some evidence of a consistent relationship between natural killer cells and lymphocyte subpopulations. Considerable heterogeneity in the methods used was seen. Future prospective studies examining the relationship between indices of psychological stress and natural killer cells, including lymphocyte subsets, is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-618
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number5
Early online date13 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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