Healthcare workers are experiencing a collective grief experience during the pandemic. The inability to participate in grief and farewell rituals could lead to cases of prolonged grief disorder, a clinically diagnosable condition of unresolved grief that is impairing.
It may help case managers identify obstacles and problems for patients who are serving or have served in the military if they view this service as a social determinant of health, a researcher suggests. Veterans struggle with many of the same social determinants of health as non-veterans, including housing instability, gambling, substance use, depression, food insecurity, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Already at high risk of suffering from burnout and PTSD, emergency physicians are straining to care for patients with COVID-19. However, recent evidence suggests many of these providers are reluctant to seek the mental healthcare they need, creating adverse circumstances for themselves, their colleagues, and maybe even their patients.
Healthcare professionals across the United States, including perioperative nurses, have seen stress levels rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to potential burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers who treated patients during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may experience post-traumatic stress disorder or similar aftereffects that could threaten patient safety and quality of care if not adequately addressed, according to experts who study the lasting effects of trauma.
The emotional fallout from the COVID-19 crisis could leave major emotional scars on a healthcare workforce that already was bordering on burnout before the pandemic. Encourage staff to acknowledge their anxiety and find a way to not take home their work experiences. Leaders can support staff by encouraging them to take breaks and to designate quiet spaces for mindfulness.
Healthcare workers need psychological support during and after the pandemic as they cope with moral injury, acute stress reactions, burnout, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A group of researchers published pragmatic recommendations for organizations about how to support their workers during the COVID-19 crisis.