Occupational stress within the paramedic profession: an initial report of stress levels compared to hospital employees

Ann Emerg Med. 1986 May;15(5):536-9. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(86)80988-x.


We report a study of occupational stress in 374 paramedics. Results indicate that this profession experiences a high degree of job-related stress relative to other medical personnel. In a component analysis of this stress the results show that job stress manifests itself as job dissatisfaction, organizational stress, and negative patient attitudes, but not as frequently as somatic distress.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / etiology
  • Allied Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital* / psychology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*