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BIAL Foundation
TI:"Psychological distress on nurses: The role of personal and professional characteristics"
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DocumentPsychological distress on nurses: The role of personal and professional characteristics2019

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2002
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 21/2002
2002 Grants
Start date: 2003-01 - 2009-11
21 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2002-126
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 17/2002
126 - Servindo dois lados: As características do trabalho como preditores de respostas psicossociais e psicofisiológicas ao stress em médicos e enfermeiros em posições de gestão
Duration: 2003-05 - 2007-09
Scott Elmes McIntyre, Teresa McIntyre, João Manuel Salgado, João Paulo Pereira, José da Costa Dantas, Derek Johnston, Martyn Jones
Institution(s): Centro de Investigação, de Formação e Intervenção em Saúde, Maia (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: por
McIntyre, S. E.
Secondary author(s):
McIntyre, T., Salgado, J., Pereira, J., Dantas, J., Johnston, D., Jones, M.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology / Stress and health / Occupational stress / Emotion

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2002-126.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 17/2002
Psychological distress on nurses: The role of personal and professional characteristics
Publication year: 2019
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT
This study explored the role of nurses’ personal and professional characteristics on the expression of psychological distress, overcoming the limitations of studying humans’ responses to work environments using the stress-strain approach. The sample consisted of 2203 registered nurses working in Portugal. The investigation protocol included a Sociodemographic and Professional Questionnaire and the Portuguese version of the General Health Questionnaire-12. A high percentage of nurses (79.3%) showed levels of psychological distress, deserving for clinical attention. Significant differences were found between nurses with and without clinical symptoms of psychological distress. Female nurses, those working in primary health care, and nurses with no hobby and no physical exercise behaviors, presented significant levels of distress, deserving for clinical attention. These nurses reported high levels of anxiety/depression and social dysfunction. More, the absence of a hobby and the lack of physical exercise behaviors constituted as risk factors for the experience of clinical symptoms of distress, anxiety/depression and social dysfunction. These findings represent an important issue in occupational stress research, suggesting that leisure activities may be a protective factor for nurses’ mental health, acting as a “Daily Uplifts” for the stress recovery balance. Thus, in order to ensure the patients’ safety and the quality of health care, health organizations must consider nurses’ personal and professional characteristics that influence their mental health and global functioning when developing occupational health programs.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Simães, C.
Secondary author(s):
Gomes, R.
Document type:
Book chapter
Number of reproductions:
Simães, C., & Gomes, R. (2019). Psychological distress on nurses: The role of personal and professional characteristics. In P. Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, R. B. Melo, A. S. Miguel, & G. Perestrelo (Eds), Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control (Vol. 202, pp. 601-610). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Nurses / Occupational stress / Psychological distress