Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Infection Control Professionals – Consumer Health News


THURSDAY, July 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) — According to a study published online July 14 in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Ph.D., of The Ohio State University in Columbus, and her colleagues surveyed a random sample of members of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology regarding mental well-being and physical, lifestyle behaviors and support for perceived well-being in the workplace during the pandemic; 926 IP addresses responded (15% response rate).

Researchers found that few respondents met guidelines for sleep, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable consumption (34.1, 18.8, and 7.3 percent, respectively). The rate of depression was 21.5%; anxiety, 29.8%; and burnout, 65%. More negative impacts on mental health were observed for frontline and practicing NPs and NP administrators and directors than NPs in other roles. The likelihood of reporting negative impacts of COVID-19 was lower for PIs receiving organized wellness support. Worsening physical and mental health due to COVID-19 was more likely to be reported for NPs working nine to 11+ hours per day. No significant differences were observed in the odds of negative impacts of COVID-19 on lifestyle behaviors between white IPs and racially and ethnically diverse IPs.

“NPs have played a critical role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in both acute and ambulatory settings, but the resulting increases in stress have negatively impacted their mental and physical well-being,” the authors write. authors.

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