The Effects of Performance Exercise on Stress in Midwives: A Clinical trial

Document Type : Original Article


1 Lecturer, Department of Midwifery Education, Evidence Based Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 M.Sc. Student of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Lecturer, Department of Nursing Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

4 Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: In the present century, stress has become a common problem because of the increased stress factors and sedentary lifestyle. Considering that the impact of performance exercise on stress in midwives has not been assessed in Iran, this study was done to assess the impact of performance exercise on stress in midwives.
Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted in 2013 on 60 midwives working in selected health care centers of Mashhad, Iran. The intervention group did exercise training with intensity of 30 to 60% of maximum oxygen consumption for 45 minutes in 24 sessions. Subjects completed Codron Stress Assessment Questionnaire at the baseline and the end of study. Data were analyzed with SPSS software version 19 and independent t-test, paired t-test and chi-square test. P value less than 0.05 was considered significant.
Results: There were significant differences in intervention group at baseline and the end of the study in terms of job stress domains (44.5±12.5 vs. 36.4±13.7), life health stress (39.2±15.5 vs. 29.7±13.6), personal life stress (29.5±12.3 vs. 21.2±11.3), individual personality stress (3.6±0.8 vs. 2.1±1.2) (p<0.05). There was no significant differences in control group at baseline and the end of the study in terms of these 4 domains (p>0.05).
Conclusions: Performance exercise program reduces the intensity of stress and it is recommended to be considered for midwives stress reduction.


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