Ali Zulqernain, Muhammad Imtiaz, Shoaib Ahmed, Amna Mubeen, Muhammad Arshad, Safdar Ali, Mubashriah Saleem, Hassan Mahmood Makhdoom, Asif Shahzad, Faseeh Zulqernain, Usama Ahmad
Background: A survey study that was cross-sectional in nature with aim to analyze the consequences of work load effect on Medical House officers sleep cycle.
Aim: To analyze the effects of increased workload on sleep cycle of house officers
Time and place of study: This Study took place between in year 2018-19 on volunteer Medical House officers that are working actively in Different Public Hospitals of Sargodha, Lahore Rawalpindi and Faisalabad
Methods: This Survey study was carried out in Different Public sectors Hospitals of Sargodha, Lahore and Faisalabad and participated by 200 volunteer house officers. Three different scales were employed to assess sleep, workload and sleep quality. In his study like TISS -28 (therapeutic intervention scoring system-28) for analysis of candidates workload, Epworth sleepiness scale that determines level of sleepiness and Pittsburg sleep quality index that aimed at measuring sleep quality.
Results: With respect to workload about half (n=79) of the Medical House officers . It is accepted that general population of House Officer do a standard shift. Moreover, there is a definite relationship in statistics terms between decreased sleeping quality (Pittsburgh and Epworth) with high work load on Medical House officers (TISS-28).
Conclusion: With increased in work load of Medical House officers their sleep cycles as well as rested status worsen. This worsening of quality of sleep and rested states deeply influences their health status both mentally and physically as well as reduces their efficiency towards their work. This whole poor sleep quality induces depression and stress in them. In order to save Medical House officers from these harmful consequences, strategies should be made to improve their working conditions and shifts so that work load doesn’t interrupt and interfere with their sleep cycles.
Keywords: Medical House Officer, sleep disorders, increased workload,