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Personnel Well-being in the Helsinki University Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Prospective Cohort Study

Version 1 : Received: 27 September 2020 / Approved: 28 September 2020 / Online: 28 September 2020 (15:37:39 CEST)

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Haravuori, H.; Junttila, K.; Haapa, T.; Tuisku, K.; Kujala, A.; Rosenström, T.; Suvisaari, J.; Pukkala, E.; Laukkala, T.; Jylhä, P. Personnel Well-Being in the Helsinki University Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Prospective Cohort Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7905. Haravuori, H.; Junttila, K.; Haapa, T.; Tuisku, K.; Kujala, A.; Rosenström, T.; Suvisaari, J.; Pukkala, E.; Laukkala, T.; Jylhä, P. Personnel Well-Being in the Helsinki University Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Prospective Cohort Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7905.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7905
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17217905

Abstract

On March 2020 strict measures took place in Finland to limit the COVID -19 pandemic. A majority of the Finnish COVID -19 –patients have been located in the southern Finland and consequently cared for in the HUS Helsinki University Hospital. During the ongoing pandemic, HUS personnel’s psychological symptoms are followed via an electronic survey, which also delivers information on psychosocial support services. The baseline survey in June 2020 was sent to 25494 HUS employees out of whom 4804 (19%) answered; altogether 62.4% of the respondents were nursing staff and 8.9% medical doctors. While the follow-up continues for a year and a half, this report shares the sociodemographic characteristics of the respondents and the first results of psychological symptoms from the baseline survey. Out of those who were directly involved in pandemic patients` care, 43.4% reported potentially traumatic COVID-19 pandemic-related experiences vs. 21.8% among the other (p < 0.001). While over a half of the personnel was symptomless, a group of respondents reported pandemic work –related traumatic events and concurrent depressive, insomnia and anxiety symptoms. This highlights the need to ensure appropriate psychosocial support services to all traumatized personnel and PTEs were present especially among nursing staff.

Subject Areas

COVID-19 Pandemic; Finland; health care personnel; psychological distress; post-traumatic stress disorder

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