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Immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work and personal lives of Australian hospital clinical staff

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posted on 29.09.2021, 06:52 authored by Sara Holton, Karen Wynter, Melody TruemanMelody Trueman, Suellen Bruce, Susan Sweeney, Shane Crowe, Adrian Dabscheck, Paul Eleftheriou, Sarah Booth, Danielle Hitch, Catherine M Said, Kimberley J Haines, Bodil Rasmussen
Objective. This study investigated the short-term psychosocial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital clinical staff, specifically their self-reported concerns and perceived impact on their work and personal lives.
Methods. Nurses, midwives, doctors and allied health staff at a large metropolitan tertiary health service in Melbourne, Australia, completed an anonymous online cross-sectional survey between 15 May and 10 June 2020. The survey assessed respondents’ COVID-19 contact status, concerns related to COVID-19 and other effects of COVID-19. Space was provided for free-text comments.
Results. Respondents were mostly concerned about contracting COVID-19, infecting family members and caring for patients with COVID-19. Concerns about accessing and using personal protective equipment, redeployment and their ability to provide high-quality patient care during the pandemic were also reported. Pregnant staff expressed uncertainty about the possible impact of COVID-19 on their pregnancy. Despite their concerns, few staff had considered resigning, and positive aspects of the pandemic were also described.
Conclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the work and personal lives of hospital clinical staff. Staff, particularly those who are pregnant, would benefit from targeted well-being and support initiatives that address their concerns and help them manage their work and personal lives.


This research was support by an internal grant from the Institute of Health Transformation at Deakin University.


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Australian Health Review

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CSIRO Publishing



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