Longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals

Title: Longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals

Description: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers face highly stressful and rapidly changing work environments. Mental health concerns in the population have also increased (e.g., isolation, anxiety, substance use), but accessing mental health services is more difficult. Mental health clinicians face increased demands and substantial stress; it is critical to understand their experiences to ensure the availability of high-quality services, including those using telehealth technologies like videoconferencing. This study uses online surveys in 6 languages (including French and English) to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice and well-being of global mental health professionals. Surveys will be implemented at three time points to asses changes over time; the first has been completed. Participants will be members of the World Health Organization’s Global Clinical Practice Network, including 15,500 mental health clinicians from 159 countries. The study assesses: 1) Effects of COVID-19 on work circumstances and services provided; 2) Work-related stress and distress; 3) Use of telehealth services and related concerns; and 4) Expectations, resource needs, and recommendations. Results will inform clinical and health system management and public health response. Findings will be crucial for developing policies to protect the mental health workforce in Canada.

Specifics: Study Population:
Seeking registered psychologists in Canada. Participants are asked to join the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN; website link below).

Participant Obligation:
Once a GCPN profile is set up, in October 2020 and March 2021, members will be invited via email to participate in a 30-minute COVID-19 survey. For questions, please email cancovid19survey@gmail.com.

Location: Online - Ottawa

Project lead: Dr. Cary Kogan

Study Dates: July 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021

Study Website: http://www.globalclinicalpractice.net/