Responding to Healthcare Professionals' Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 Through the Rapid Implementation of Project ECHO

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Summer 2020) Sockalingam, Sanjeev; Clarkin, Chantalle; Serhal, Eva; et al.

New research describes healthcare professionals' (HCP) psychological needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the University of Toronto's Project ECHO Coping with COVID (ECHO-CWC) program to fulfill such requirements. A survey of 129 ECHO-CWC-registered participants indicated that most (84.5%) reported feeling increased stress at work, fear of infecting others (75.2%) and fear of getting sick from COVID-19 (70.5%). However, about 60% said they accepted the risk associated with work at this time. Participants also were highly satisfied with the initial five ECHO-CWC sessions. HCPs cited fear of infection and infecting others during the acute phase of the pandemic as causing them the greatest concern. The authors concluded that the ECHO tele-education model can be quickly mobilized to address HCPs' mental health needs during the pandemic through an iterative curriculum design approach and existing implementation frameworks.

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