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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

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PIRES, Denise Elvira Pires de et al. Technological innovation and healthcare professionals' workloads: an ambiguous relationship. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.33, n.1, pp.157-168. ISSN 1983-1447.

This is an integrative review with the aim of tracing the scientific production concerning the influence of technological innovation in health care professionals' workloads. Fifty-seven (57) publications presented from 2004 to 2009 were selected from the LILACS and PubMed databases. In the selected studies field research using qualitative approaches and carried out in hospitals predominated. No study had the purpose to analyze the relationship between technological innovation and workloads. In studies involving technological innovation, publications concerning information and communication technologies and new forms of work organizations were highlighted; studies concerning conditions which promote stress and Burnout predominated in the workloads theme. Results show an ambiguous relationship between technological innovation and workloads, which are either increased or diminished by innovations.

Keywords : Science; Technology; Workload; Health Personnel; Occupational health; Job satisfaction.

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