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Facing the Unknown: Healthcare Workers’ Concerns, Experiences, and Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Mixed-Methods Study in an Israeli Hospital

by 1,2,*,†, 1,†, 2 and 3
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Department of Public Health, Ashkelon Academic College, Ben Tzvi St. 12, Ashkelon 78211, Israel
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Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
3
Oncology Department, Ziv University Medical Center, Ranbam St. 1, Safed 13100, Israel
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These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Academic Editors: Serik Meirmanov and Lotfi Aleya
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9021; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169021
Received: 26 June 2021 / Revised: 16 July 2021 / Accepted: 10 August 2021 / Published: 12 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Public Health and Social Science on COVID-19)
The aim of this study was to describe the experiences of healthcare workers during the first wave of the coronavirus crisis. In a mixed-methods study, data were collected through an online survey completed by 263 hospital staff members, as well as 10 semi-structured, in-depth interviews with physicians, nurses, and medical technologists working on coronavirus wards. Respondents expressed extremely high levels of concern for family members, but they were less apprehensive about their own health and safety. Nurses displayed more apprehension and burnout compared to healthcare workers in other professional roles. The in-depth interviews reinforced and supplemented the survey findings and deepened our understanding of the experience of healthcare workers directly involved in the first wave of coronavirus patient care. The findings of this study illuminate the main concerns of hospital staff during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and deepen our understanding of issues that require systemic attention in order to strengthen mental resilience among hospital staff. The steps required to continue fighting the virus include the development of a mental and emotional support network for healthcare workers to safeguard them and their health, as they care for patients, and to provide ongoing psychosocial support. As later waves of COVID-19 continued, these recommendations are even more pertinent. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus wards; healthcare systems; social alienation; concerns; burnout; healthcare workers coronavirus wards; healthcare systems; social alienation; concerns; burnout; healthcare workers
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Dopelt, K.; Bashkin, O.; Davidovitch, N.; Asna, N. Facing the Unknown: Healthcare Workers’ Concerns, Experiences, and Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Mixed-Methods Study in an Israeli Hospital. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9021. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169021

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Dopelt K, Bashkin O, Davidovitch N, Asna N. Facing the Unknown: Healthcare Workers’ Concerns, Experiences, and Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Mixed-Methods Study in an Israeli Hospital. Sustainability. 2021; 13(16):9021. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169021

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Dopelt, Keren, Osnat Bashkin, Nadav Davidovitch, and Noam Asna. 2021. "Facing the Unknown: Healthcare Workers’ Concerns, Experiences, and Burnout during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Mixed-Methods Study in an Israeli Hospital" Sustainability 13, no. 16: 9021. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169021

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