“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Emotional and Psychological Challenges Faced by Frontline Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This is a time of tremendous uncertainty and change as the world faces the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some stressors are universal, frontline health care providers also face unique challenges in terms of physical risk, as well as emotional and psychological toll during this time of heightened, prolonged medical demand.
The information that follows is intended to help frontline health care providers across professional disciplines to better recognize the challenges and stressors that may be impacting them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing awareness of stress and strategies to cope with the demands of frontline healthcare may be helpful to better navigate coping during this difficult time. Coping may include accessing resources, whether that is drawing on personal resources and strengths, accessing support of friends, family, or colleagues, or reaching out to psychologists or other mental health professionals.