The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented circumstances for healthcare providers in Canada, leading to increased need for mental health prevention, early intervention, and clinical supports. Currently, we know that the pandemic has increased rates of mental health challenges amongst HCPs, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), and moral injury, which occurs when an individual witnesses or perpetrates an act that violates their moral or ethical code.
While information regarding the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare providers is emerging, further investigation is required. There is limited knowledge of the risk and resiliency factors that have made HCPs more susceptible to these mental health challenges during the pandemic.
The purpose of this study is to understand the unique experiences and mental health and wellbeing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian healthcare providers, as well as to identify risk and resiliency factors contributing to the development of psychological injury (e.g., depression, anxiety, etc.), moral injury, decreased daily function, and thoughts of leaving the workplace.
The results of this study will provide foundational information for the creation of appropriate and effective tools for HCPs and their supporters (i.e., healthcare organizations, leaders, etc.). These tools will equip them to recognize known mental health outcomes of working as providers during the pandemic — as well as how and when to find support.