Prevention of psychological trauma among health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic
UMass Chan AffiliationsCenter for Integrated Primary Care
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Document TypeJournal Article
psychological first aid
Health and Medical Administration
Health Services Administration
Health Services Research
Mental and Social Health
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractThe COVID-19 pandemic presented unique biological, psychological, and social threats to health care providers. The failure of local macrosystems placed providers at elevated risk of psychological and physical harm. To reduce the immediate risk of trauma to our local physician workforce, our team initiated a program of proactive psychological first aid in which physicians were regularly contacted by behavioral health colleagues to assess safety conditions and physician's well-being. When threats to the physician's safety were identified, these concerns were escalated to leadership and addressed when possible. When threats to well-being were identified, behavioral health team members provided supportive listening, and, if indicated, provided referral information for appropriate treatment resources. This paper reviews the rationale for this program, addresses ethical concerns, and proposes future directions for responding to threats to safety during events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mullin DJ, Pearson S, Eisdorfer E, Mullarkey J, Dykhouse E. Prevention of psychological trauma among health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fam Syst Health. 2021 Sep;39(3):518-525. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000646. PMID: 34807648.
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