A cross-sectional examination of the mental wellbeing, coping and quality of working life in health and social care workers in the UK at two time points of the COVID-19 pandemic

McFadden, P, Neill, R.D, Moriarty, J, Gillen, P, Mallett, J, Manthorpe, J, Currie, D, Schroder, H, Ravalier, J.M, Nicholl, P, McFadden, D and Ross, J (2021) 'A cross-sectional examination of the mental wellbeing, coping and quality of working life in health and social care workers in the UK at two time points of the COVID-19 pandemic.' Epidemiologia, 2 (3). pp. 227-242. ISSN 2673-3986

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/epidemiologia2030017

Abstract

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world, it is important to examine its effect on societies and individuals, including health and social care (HSC) professionals. The aim of this study was to compare cross-sectional data collected from HSC staff in the UK at two time points during the COVID-19 pandemic: Phase 1 (May–July 2020) and Phase 2 (November 2020–January 2021). The HSC staff surveyed consisted of nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, social care workers and social workers from across the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland). Multiple regressions were used to examine the effects of different coping strategies and demographic and work-related variables on participants’ wellbeing and quality of working life to see how and if the predictors changed over time. An additional multiple regression was used to directly examine the effects of time (Phase 1 vs. Phase 2) on the outcome variables. Findings suggested that both wellbeing and quality of working life deteriorated from Phase 1 to Phase 2. The results have the potential to inform interventions for HSC staff during future waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, other infectious outbreaks or even other circumstances putting long-term pressures on HSC systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare workforce, care workforce, United Kingdom, coping, wellbeing, quality of working life, survey
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2021 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:56
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