Personnel Well-Being in the Helsinki University Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Prospective Cohort Study

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Haravuori , H , Junttila , K , Haapa , T , Tuisku , K , Kujala , A , Rosenstrom , T , Suvisaari , J , Pukkala , E , Laukkala , T & Jylhä , P 2020 , ' Personnel Well-Being in the Helsinki University Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Prospective Cohort Study ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 17 , no. 21 , 7905 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217905

Title: Personnel Well-Being in the Helsinki University Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Prospective Cohort Study
Author: Haravuori, Henna; Junttila, Kristiina; Haapa, Toni; Tuisku, Katinka; Kujala, Anne; Rosenstrom, Tom; Suvisaari, Jaana; Pukkala, Eero; Laukkala, Tanja; Jylhä, Pekka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, HUS Psychiatry
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, HUS Perioperative, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
University of Helsinki, HUS Psychiatry
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, HUS Psychiatry
Date: 2020-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1661-7827
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322347
Abstract: In March 2020, strict measures took place in Finland to limit the COVID-19 pandemic. Majority of Finnish COVID-19 patients have been located in southern Finland and consequently cared for at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) Helsinki University Hospital. During the pandemic, HUS personnel's psychological symptoms are followed via an electronic survey, which also delivers information on psychosocial support services. In June 2020, the baseline survey was sent to 25,494 HUS employees, 4804 (19%) of whom answered; altogether, 62.4% of the respondents were nursing staff and 8.9% were 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 our baseline survey. Out of those who were directly involved in the pandemic patient care, 43.4% reported potentially traumatic COVID-19 pandemic-related events (PTEs) vs. 21.8% among the others (p <0.001). While over a half of the personnel were asymptomatic, a group of respondents reported PTEs and concurrent depression, insomnia, and anxiety symptoms. This highlights the need to ensure appropriate psychosocial support services to all traumatized personnel; especially, nursing staff may require attention.
Subject: COVID-19 pandemic
Finland
healthcare personnel
psychological distress
post-traumatic stress disorder
HEALTH-CARE WORKERS
MENTAL-HEALTH
ANXIETY SEVERITY
DISORDERS
CHINA
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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