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Mental health interventions for healthcare workers during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.

Authors
  • Priede, Amador1
  • López-Álvarez, Inés2
  • Carracedo-Sanchidrián, Diego3
  • González-Blanch, César4
  • 1 Valdecilla Biomedical Research Institute (IDIVAL), Santander, Spain; Mental Health Centre, Hospital de Laredo, Laredo, Spain. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Spain)
  • 2 Mental Health Centre, Hospital de Laredo, Laredo, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 3 Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Department, University Hospital La Paz, Madrid, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 4 Valdecilla Biomedical Research Institute (IDIVAL), Santander, Spain; Mental Health Centre, University Hospital "Marqués de Valdecilla", Santander, Spain; Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Europea del Atlántico, Santander, Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista de psiquiatria y salud mental
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
14
Issue
2
Pages
83–89
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpsm.2021.01.005
PMID: 33549828
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
Spanish
License
Unknown

Abstract

In order to reduce distress associated with working with COVID-19 patients, several psychological intervention programmes for healthcare workers have been developed in Spain. We aimed to describe the main characteristics and components of these programmes for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients in Spanish hospitals. An online survey was designed to evaluate the main characteristics of psychological intervention programmes for healthcare workers during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Valid responses were received from 36 hospitals. Most of these programmes offered both in-person and online therapy. The most common aim of these interventions was emotional regulation, which was treated by psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioural techniques in individual interventions. Group interventions mainly used psychoeducation and mindfulness. Only half of the teams that offered in-person interventions received training in the proper use of personal protective equipment. Several hospitals in Spain have developed mental health interventions for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, deploying a wide range of therapeutic modalities and techniques. The rapid implementation of these programmes during the pandemic suggests that safety may not have received sufficient attention. The planning and development of interventions for healthcare workers during pandemics merits greater attention by national and regional authorities and institutions. Copyright © 2021 SEP y SEPB. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

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