Distress and resilience of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic (DARVID): study protocol for a mixed-methods research project.

Fuchs, Alexander; Abegglen, Sandra; Berger-Estilita, Joana; Greif, Robert; Eigenmann, Helen (2020). Distress and resilience of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic (DARVID): study protocol for a mixed-methods research project. BMJ open, 10(7), e039832. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039832

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INTRODUCTION

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has exposed healthcare professionals (HCPs) to exceptional situations that can lead to increased anxiety (ie, infection anxiety and perceived vulnerability), traumatic stress and depression. We will investigate the development of these psychological disturbances in HCPs at the treatment front line and second line during the COVID-19 pandemic over a 12-month period in different countries. Additionally, we will explore whether personal resilience factors and a work-related sense of coherence influence the development of mental health problems in HCPs.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS

We plan to carry out a sequential qualitative-quantitative mixed-methods design study. The quantitative phase consists of a longitudinal online survey based on six validated questionnaires, to be completed at three points in time. A qualitative analysis will follow at the end of the pandemic to comprise at least nine semistructured interviews. The a priori sample size for the survey will be a minimum of 160 participants, which we will extend to 400, to compensate for dropout. Recruitment into the study will be through personal invitations and the 'snowballing' sampling technique. Hierarchical linear regression combined with qualitative data analysis, will facilitate greater understanding of any associations between resilience and mental health issues in HCPs during pandemics.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION

The study participants will provide electronic informed consent. All recorded data will be stored on a secured research server at the study site, which will only be accessible to the investigators. The Bern Cantonal Ethics Committee has waiv ed the need for ethical approval (Req-2020-00355, 1 April 2020). There are no ethical, legal or security issues regarding the data collection, processing, storage and dissemination in this project.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER

ISRCTN13694948.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Fuchs, Alexander Fabian; Abegglen, Sandra; Berger-Estilita, Joana; Greif, Robert and Eigenmann, Helen Sophie

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

2044-6055

Publisher:

BMJ Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

05 Aug 2020 07:18

Last Modified:

23 Feb 2021 21:56

Publisher DOI:

10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039832

PubMed ID:

32737101

Uncontrolled Keywords:

anxiety disorders depression and mood disorders mental health primary care public health statistics and research methods

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145567

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145567

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