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Survey finds three in five COVID-19 health care workers reporting increased mental health strain

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Nearly three out of five health care workers reported that the state of their mental health worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a new national survey by KPMG LLP.

heath care workers pandemicIn a poll of 1,000 workers conducted in April, 59% of health care employees said their mental health has suffered during the crisis, which is 8% higher when compared with  other industries. However, the strain created by the pandemic has not negatively impacted their job performance: 66% of those polled said both their level of engagement with their supervisor/team and co-worker relationships have improved during this time, with 76% saying their team is collaborating better.

Furthermore, 70% of the workers report their quality of work has improved, although only 56% believed their level of productivity has improved, and 57% felt their level of engagement with their company’s culture has improved.

When compared with the national averages of other industries in the KPMG survey, health care workers were less likely to be concerned about reduced pay (37% vs. 52%), losing their job (43% vs. 56%), being replaced in the workforce by technology (56% vs. 71%), and the overall future of their industry (44% vs. 62%).

“COVID-19 is a career defining event for many health care professionals, given the severity of the condition, the necessary protocols to prevent coronavirus from spreading  and that many have families at home that are dealing with the effects of social distancing,” said Ashraf Shehata, national sector leader for health care and life sciences at KPMG LLP.

“Health care workers tend to band together when times are difficult and deliver upon the task at hand, which is providing the highest quality care to the best of their abilities. The best health care organizations pride themselves on creating a great place to work, because they realize that an appreciated worker is valuable to providing the best patient experience.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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