The impact of work-related risk on nurses during the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong

Fam Community Health. Jul-Sep 2005;28(3):274-87. doi: 10.1097/00003727-200507000-00008.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a highly infectious disease, with high potential for transmission to close contacts, particularly among healthcare workers. This is the first systematic study investigating hospital nurses' physical and psychological health status and the kinds of healthcare used-stratified by the level of contact with SARS patients-during the 2003 outbreak in Hong Kong. Nurses in moderate-risk areas appeared to have more stress symptoms than those working in high-risk areas. It is essential to design hospital support systems and occupational health policy to promote the psychological well-being of nurses during future outbreaks of emerging infections.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / psychology
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / statistics & numerical data
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / nursing*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology