Life after the emergency services: An exploratory study of well being and quality of life in emergency service retirees

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/325872
Title:
Life after the emergency services: An exploratory study of well being and quality of life in emergency service retirees
Authors:
Bracken-Scally, M; McGilloway, S; Gallagher, S.; Mitchell, J.T
Citation:
Bracken-Scally M et al. Life after the emergency services: An exploratory study of well being and quality of life in emergency service retirees. Int J Ment Health Hum Resil. 2014 16:44-51
Journal:
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
Issue Date:
Aug-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/325872
Additional Links:
http://omicsonline.com/open-access/life-after-the-emergency-services-an-exploratory-study-of-well-being-and-quality-of-life-in-emergency-service-retirees-1522-4821-16-108.php?aid=28206
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Much is known about the negative impact of emergency services work, but no studies, to date, have investigated its long-term consequences. This cross-sectional study assesses the possible long-term effects on quality of life, of trauma exposure and emergency work in a sample of retirees from the Irish emergency services (n=169) and a comparison group of non-emergency service retirees (n=140). A multi-questionnaire postal survey was administered to assess quality of life (QoL; WHOQOL-BREF), experiences of trauma, and trauma symptoms (PSS-SR). QoL was significantly better in non-emergency retirees, whilst this group also had significantly fewer trauma symptoms. Incidents involving children were identified by a large proportion of emergency retirees as being particularly difficult to manage. The findings address a significant gap in our knowledge around the possible longer term effects of emergency services work in an often neglected sub-group. Factors associated with increased QoL and reduced symptoms of PTSD are discussed, as are some possible recommendations for the future.
Keywords:
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE; RETIREMENT
Local subject classification:
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBracken-Scally, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcGilloway, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, S.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, J.Ten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-04T10:45:56Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-04T10:45:56Z-
dc.date.issued2014-08-
dc.identifier.citationBracken-Scally M et al. Life after the emergency services: An exploratory study of well being and quality of life in emergency service retirees. Int J Ment Health Hum Resil. 2014 16:44-51en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/325872-
dc.descriptionMuch is known about the negative impact of emergency services work, but no studies, to date, have investigated its long-term consequences. This cross-sectional study assesses the possible long-term effects on quality of life, of trauma exposure and emergency work in a sample of retirees from the Irish emergency services (n=169) and a comparison group of non-emergency service retirees (n=140). A multi-questionnaire postal survey was administered to assess quality of life (QoL; WHOQOL-BREF), experiences of trauma, and trauma symptoms (PSS-SR). QoL was significantly better in non-emergency retirees, whilst this group also had significantly fewer trauma symptoms. Incidents involving children were identified by a large proportion of emergency retirees as being particularly difficult to manage. The findings address a significant gap in our knowledge around the possible longer term effects of emergency services work in an often neglected sub-group. Factors associated with increased QoL and reduced symptoms of PTSD are discussed, as are some possible recommendations for the future.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://omicsonline.com/open-access/life-after-the-emergency-services-an-exploratory-study-of-well-being-and-quality-of-life-in-emergency-service-retirees-1522-4821-16-108.php?aid=28206en_GB
dc.subjectEMERGENCY MEDICAL CAREen_GB
dc.subjectRETIREMENTen_GB
dc.subject.otherEMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICESen_GB
dc.titleLife after the emergency services: An exploratory study of well being and quality of life in emergency service retireesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilienceen_GB
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