2020 Volume 8 Pages 22-28
The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare the one-day stress load between the users and providers of day service. The subjects were 2 users (a man in his 50s with right hemiplegia and a man in his 70s with Parkinson's disease syndrome) and 2 providers (a physical therapist and manager, a man in his 40s and a nurse, a woman in her 40s). A salivary amylase monitor was used for measurement, which objectively measures stress based on the activity value of salivary amylase. The subjects underwent measurements of salivary amylase activity at the time of arrival at the facility (baseline) and continued to undergo measurements every 15 minutes thereafter until they returned home. In addition, there was a meal break from 12:00 to 14:00, leading to a possibility that the secretion in saliva was changed by the meal had; thus, it was excluded from the measured value. In order to confirm the stress load of users and providers, Welch’s t-test was performed with the user and target as independent variables and the values obtained by dividing each measured value by the baseline value as the dependent variables. The significance level was 5%. There was a significant difference in the salivary amylase activity between users of day service and providers (p <0.05). This study revealed that providers’ stress is higher than users’ stress, and providers’ stress increased with team meetings and patient transfers. This study suggests the importance of stress management for providers.