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Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Dec;12(12):1924-32.

Long-term psychological and occupational effects of providing hospital healthcare during SARS outbreak.

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Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. rmaunder@mtsinai.on.ca

Abstract

Healthcare workers (HCWs) found the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to be stressful, but the long-term impact is not known. From 13 to 26 months after the SARS outbreak, 769 HCWs at 9 Toronto hospitals that treated SARS patients and 4 Hamilton hospitals that did not treat SARS patients completed a survey of several adverse outcomes. Toronto HCWs reported significantly higher levels of burnout (p = 0.019), psychological distress (p<0.001), and posttraumatic stress (p<0.001). Toronto workers were more likely to have reduced patient contact and work hours and to report behavioral consequences of stress. Variance in adverse outcomes was explained by a protective effect of the perceived adequacy of training and support and by a provocative effect of maladaptive coping style and other individual factors. The results reinforce the value of effective staff support and training in preparation for future outbreaks.

PMID:
17326946
PMCID:
PMC3291360
DOI:
10.3201/eid1212.060584
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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