Burnout and psychological distress amongst Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AuthorDobson, H; Malpas, CB; Burrell, AJ; Gurvich, C; Chen, L; Kulkarni, J; Winton-Brown, T
Source TitleAustralasian Psychiatry
University of Melbourne Author/sMalpas, Charles
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDobson, H., Malpas, C. B., Burrell, A. J., Gurvich, C., Chen, L., Kulkarni, J. & Winton-Brown, T. (2021). Burnout and psychological distress amongst Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.. Australas Psychiatry, 29 (1), pp.26-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856220965045.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7554409
OBJECTIVE: To examine psychological distress in healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic in April-May 2020. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey examining demographic, employment and mental health characteristics of HCWs in a large metropolitan hospital in Australia. RESULTS: HCWs showed significant symptoms of moderate-severe level depression (21%), anxiety (20%) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; 29%), associated with burnout, prior psychiatric history, profession and resilience. CONCLUSION: Despite low levels of COVID contact, moderate to high levels of psychological distress were reported. Continued monitoring and support for HCWs' mental well-being is warranted as the COVID-19 pandemic develops.
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