ED Staff Reported Poor Mental Health During Early Pandemic

April 28, 2021

HealthDay

Work-related anxiety, emotional exhaustion, and burnout were common across the full spectrum of emergency department staff during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study recently published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Robert M. Rodriguez, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues assessed symptoms of anxiety and burnout, specific COVID-19 work-related stressors, and risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among frontline emergency department health care personnel (1,606 physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and nonclinical emergency department personnel at 20 geographically diverse U.S. emergency departments). Further, surveys (May 13 to July 8, 2020) were used to assess whether COVID-19 serologic testing of health care providers decreased self-reported anxiety.

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