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COVID-19 and Mental Health in Healthcare Workers

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Healthcare Delivery & Policy, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Social Impacts

The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the increase in workload is likely to impact the mental health of healthcare workers. This cross-sectional study in Gauteng province, South Africa aims to describe the mental health of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify areas for intervention.
 
The UBC research team will help analyze and synthesize data previously collected by collaborators in South Africa with the following methods as approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:
 
Healthcare workers at five hospitals in Gauteng province, South Africa will be invited to participate in the study. The participants will self-administer an electronic survey consisting of questions on demographic information; stress; perception, attitudes and behaviour; psychological wellbeing; stress management; and physical health and social support. The online survey should take between 15-20 minutes.
 
Data will be analyzed in STATA 16 using descriptive statistics as well as factor analysis and modelling to describe the mental health of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and to assess associations between work-related stress and work.