Burnout and psychological distress amongst Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Australas Psychiatry. 2020 Oct 12:1039856220965045. doi: 10.1177/1039856220965045. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: To examine psychological distress in healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic in April-May 2020.

METHODS: A cross-sectional survey examining demographic, employment and mental health characteristics of HCWs in a large metropolitan hospital in Australia.

RESULTS: HCWs showed significant symptoms of moderate-severe level depression (21%), anxiety (20%) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; 29%), associated with burnout, prior psychiatric history, profession and resilience.

CONCLUSION: Despite low levels of COVID contact, moderate to high levels of psychological distress were reported. Continued monitoring and support for HCWs’ mental well-being is warranted as the COVID-19 pandemic develops.

PMID:33043677 | DOI:10.1177/1039856220965045