Covid-19 stress, burnout and risk perception among health and social care workers in Scotland

Nicola Cogan, Gillian MacIntyre, Gary Tanner, Liza Morton, Chloe Kennedy, Zoe Beck, Lisa McInnes, Jacek Kolacz

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Background: Rapid studies published during the COVID-19 pandemic have reported that the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers (HSCWs) has been adversely impacted. Research has yet to explore what specific factors relating to the pandemic are having a detrimental impact on HSCW's mental wellbeing and what may help mitigate such adversities.
Methods: This study consisted of a cross-sectional online survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of HSCWs (n= 1400+). The survey included both open and close-ended questions exploring psychometrically valid measures of COVID-19 perceived risks, stress, burnout, trauma and mental wellbeing. Coping, help-seeking and team resilience were also measured as potential protective factors. Descriptive and inferential statistics and inductive content analysis of the survey data was conducted.
Expected results: Preliminary analysis suggested that adaptive coping strategies, increased help-seeking behaviour and perceived team resilience and peer support helped mitigate against COVID-19 related stressors, burnout and trauma. Readily accessible personal protective equipment helped reduced perceived risks.
Current stage of work: Data collection began in December 2020 and data collection and analysis is due for completion in June 2021.
Discussion: The implications of these findings are discussed, emphasising the importance of adaptive coping skills training, reducing barriers to help-seeking behaviours and both peer and team-based support in alleviating the negative impact that COVID-19 has on HSCW's mental wellbeing. Visible and supportive leadership was found to be beneficial in helping staff gain access to current and accurate information on COVID-19 and in helping workers adapt to constant change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2021
Event35th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society - Virtual
Duration: 23 Aug 202127 Aug 2021


Conference35th Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
Abbreviated titleEHPS 2021
Internet address


  • covid-19
  • mental wellbeing
  • health and social care workers
  • burn-out
  • risk perception
  • stress


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