Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of healthcare workers
An international multi-site study
Since December 2019, the world has been facing a new global threat: the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on both the general population as well as on the healthcare systems of various countries. Healthcare workers make up some of the most affected populations in this pandemic; not only are they at high risk of becoming infected and infecting others, but as frontline workers they also face enormous emotional and workplace overload. This has led to a substantial increase in physical and mental health issues in this population, and informs the need to establish support system for this group.
To describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and mental health of healthcare workers within the context of different countries and health systems.
Specific objective Nº1
To examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the clinical, behavioral and social outcomes of healthcare workers over time.
Specific objective Nº2
To analyze how the COVID-19 pandemic has modified the organization of health services and healthcare practices, as well as how these changes have affected the mental health, behavioral and social outcomes of healthcare workers.
Specific objective Nº3
To compare the impact of COVID-19 exposure on the mental health, behavioral and social outcomes of healthcare workers between diverse participating countries.
Our project is an international, multi-site study, with a prospective cohort design that follows participants over 24 months.
32 countries are currently participating in this study. Each country has a local coordinating team, which is responsible for supervising local work and coordinating with the central research team. In addition, there is an executive committee that is responsible for general and strategic decisions.