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Table 2 Work factors at baseline.

From: Work factors and psychological distress in nurses' aides: a prospective cohort study

Factor N % Mean SD Range
Hours of work per week      
   19–36 3512 86.2    
   > 36 564 13.8    
Frequency of night shifts      
   Never 2075 51.3    
   Sometimes 1070 26.5    
   Rather often 267 6.6    
   Very often 631 15.6    
Positioning patients in bed      
   0 746 19.0    
   1–4 1674 42.6    
   5–9 971 24.7    
   10 or more 537 13.7    
Supporting patients between bed and chair      
   0 683 17.5    
   1–4 1737 44.6    
   5–9 983 25.2    
   10 or more 493 12.7    
Handling heavy objects      
   0 1104 28.5    
   1–4 2147 55.5    
   5–9 431 11.1    
   10 or more 189 4.9    
Exposure to bullying previous 6 months      
   No 3905 96.1    
   Yes 158 3.9    
Threats and violence    1.76 1.08 1.00 – 5.00
Requirements of physical endurance    3.64 1.16 1.00 – 5.00
Total quantitative work demands    2.89 0.75 1.00 – 5.00
Positive challenges    3.90 0.69 1.00 – 5.00
Role conflicts    2.36 0.80 1.00 – 5.00
Control of work pace    2.36 0.79 1.00 – 5.00
Participation in important decisions    3.33 0.79 1.00 – 5.00
Support from superior    3.85 1.01 1.00 – 5.00
Fairness of leadership    4.12 0.82 1.00 – 5.00
Feedback about quality of work    2.94 1.13 1.00 – 5.00
Rewards for work well done    2.21 1.21 1.00 – 5.00
Social climate    3.99 0.74 1.00 – 5.00
  1. N = Number of respondents in each category. SD = Standard deviation.
  2. Times per shift.