COVIDA: Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Health Workers

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The psychological impact of COVID-19 on health workers is one of the most critical mental health issues in the UK.

This devastating pandemic has brought unprecedented burden to national health systems and health workers – raising levels of anxiety, stress, and depression, and reducing their general wellbeing and ability to cope. They are at risk of burnout or even quitting their roles.

We believe understanding the burden and pressures on health workers needs urgent research attention. Will you help fund our new study to address this need?

The Co-VIDA study is a major new national online survey to measure the psychological impact of the COVID outbreak on NHS & non-NHS health workers. The study is led by a team of consultant psychiatrists, psychologists and data scientists across various research institutes (University of Roehampton, UCL and Kings College) and NHS trusts (NELFT, BEH, BARTS). A number of NHS Trusts are already circulating the survey with more coming online shortly.

If you are a health worker in any setting the survey can be found here and can be shared widely.

How does this study support health workers?

This will enable us to have the clearest picture yet of how health workers are coping at this time. We will look to understand which factors may worsen the impact on their mental health and which factors may help individuals. This research will also show us how the impact on health workers’ mental health changes as the COVID outbreak evolves. This is critical as we, and others, can use our findings to develop new strategic approaches which may reduce the psychological burden on our health workers. With sufficient funding we aim to develop a digital intervention which specifically targets the driving factors which are critical to preventing worsening mental health.

How will my donation help?

This study is currently unfunded. You will help us rapidly promote a national response across nurses, doctors, midwifes, social care workers; support and resource the team to meet the aims of this study, help cover research costs, such as development and purchase of scales, data management, advertising the survey. More importantly, we need to urgently employ an early career researcher to support the team.

We need help and support to continue the study over time, as we are collecting follow-up data to see how things change for respondents. Additional projects are in development and if funded we can investigate the harms of long-term chronic stress on health workers and the development of a digital intervention app – a package to reduce the impact of key stressors on health workers.

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