Sumary of Coaching program may improve health care workers’ resilience during COVID-19 pandemic:
- A resilience coaching program for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic appeared effective for supporting workers’ wellness and resilience, according to findings presented at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting..
- “Based on some of the lessons that we learned about the impact of chronic stress on health care workers from the SARS outbreak in 2003, we tried to be as proactive as possible to ensure that we were prepared to provide support,”.
- Benjamin Rosen, MD, FRCPC, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a staff psychiatrist at Sinai Health, said during a press briefing..
- “Last March, our psychiatry department deployed a group of coaches who were all mental health clinicians with training in things like psychological first-aid and psychotherapy to provide peer support to units and teams working on the frontlines in places like the emergency department or intensive care units.”.
- Adobe Stock Rosen and colleagues designed the initiative, called resilience coaching, to improve resilience among health care workers and thus help them maintain the focus and rigor required by their jobs..
- Coaches offered health care workers opportunities to express their emotions, decompress, collaborate on advocacy and educated them in stress reduction skills..
- To do so, they used a mixed-methods approach of qualitative interviews with coaches and recipients, as well as secondary analysis of quantitative data from Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded study of Sinai Health support staff..
- Preliminary analysis of early qualitative data suggested a perception that coaching succeeded in reducing the severity of threats to health care workers’ mental health..
- Some participants noted improved inter-colleague relationships, decreased loneliness and improved feeling of being supported by their organizations…