Triggers of mental health problems among frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in private care homes and domiciliary care agencies: lived experiences of care workers in the Midlands region, UK

Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393, Pfende, F. and Ekpenyong, M.S., 2020. Triggers of mental health problems among frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in private care homes and domiciliary care agencies: lived experiences of care workers in the Midlands region, UK. Health and Social Care in the Community. ISSN 0966-0410

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Abstract

COVID‐19 was first reported in China and later spread across the world causing panic because there is no cure for it. The pandemic has adversely affected frontline health workers and patients, owing to poor preparedness. The study explored the triggers of mental health problems among frontline healthcare workers during the COVID‐19 pandemic. An exploratory qualitative approach was utilised in the study. Forty individual semi‐structured interviews were held with frontline healthcare workers. A thematic approach underpinned by some aspects of interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) and the Silences Framework (SF) was utilised. The research found that triggers of mental health problems among frontline health workers in private care homes and domiciliary care agencies are fear of infection and infecting others, lack of recognition/disparity between National Health Service (NHS) and social care, lack of guidance, unsafe hospital discharge, death and loss of professionals and residents, unreliable testing and delayed results and shortage of staff. It is important to support frontline workers in private care homes and domiciliary care agencies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Health and Social Care in the Community
Creators: Nyashanu, M., Pfende, F. and Ekpenyong, M.S.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 26 October 2020
ISSN: 0966-0410
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/hsc.13204DOI
1381257Other
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Health and Social Care in the Community published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Oct 2020 16:08
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 16:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41428

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