Depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance in female nurses with atopic dermatitis: The Korea nurses’ health study

Bohye Kim, Heeja Jung, Jiyoung Kim, Jisun Lee, Oksoo Kim

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Abstract

Although the prevalence of atopic dermatitis is high in nurses, there is a lack of research on the relationship between atopic dermatitis and depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance among female nurses. This study aimed to determine the effects of atopic dermatitis on depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance in female nurses. We analyzed the data of the Korea Nurses’ Health Study, a large-scale prospective cohort study. A total of 20,613 female hospital nurses aged 20–45 years who participated in the Module 1 of Korea Nurses’ Health Study between July 2013 and November 2014 were included. The chi-square test, t-test, and multivariate ordinal logistic regression analysis were conducted for statistical analysis. The prevalence of atopic dermatitis among female nurses was 11.6%. The levels of depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance were higher in nurses with atopic dermatitis than those without atopic dermatitis. Nurses with atopic dermatitis were 1.16 times more likely to have depressive symptoms and 1.35 times more likely to have sleep disturbance than those without atopic dermatitis after adjusting for confounding variables. The results of this study suggest that additional support should be considered for nurses with atopic dermatitis to improve the occupational environment for managing and preventing the exacerbation of symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2743
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Nurses
  • Sleep

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