Building Resilience and Well-being in Primary Care During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic – A Multiple Case-study in Continuing Professional Development

Are you a psychologist practicing in British Columbia? The Continuing Professional Development Office Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University invites you to join their research study exploring the psychological needs of primary care practitioners & interventions for building resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Background:

Across all waves, the Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to place a severe burden on the mental health and psychological well-being of primary care practitioners (PCPs), including feeling at risk of contagion due to lack of personal protection equipment and testing and high workload. Healthcare organizations have been called upon to support their professionals’ well-being through leadership by supporting interventions to enhance their resilience. However, there is a substantial mismatch between PCPs’ perceived needs and available interventions. Most interventions address individual professional support needs whereas most PCPs report greater interest in occupational protection, rest, and social support. Healthcare leaders argue that an integrative approach to continuing professional development (CPD) could play a key role in the pandemic by assisting PCPs in retooling and learning new skills and competencies. However, the impact of CPD interventions aimed at supporting PCP’s mental health has not been systematically evaluated over time across the micro, meso, and macro system levels.

Study Description:

This pilot study aims to contribute to this emerging critical gap by exploring the psychological needs of PCPs in Canada and the availability and use of individual, team and organizational interventions for building PCPs’ resilience.

Eligibility:

Must be a psychology practicing (full or part-time) in British-Columbia. Must practice in primary care (including clinic(s), office(s), nursing home(s), long-term care facilities and/or emergency department(s)). May practice in urban, suburban, rural or remote area(s).

Additional criteria (not mandatory):
1. Experience with managing current or prior infectious disease crisis(es) (e.g., SARS in Ontario in 2003).
2. Engagement in resilience-enhancing interventions.
3. Type of teams: interprofessional/interdisciplinary.

This study is also interested in recruiting individuals with an organizational and/or governmental or union-level perspective on primary care.

Study Procedure:
Interviews (30 – 45 minutes) will be recorded with the permission of participants and transcribed. You will receive a $50 gift certificate for your participation.

How to participate?

To sign up for the study, please email cpdresearchassist.med@mcgill.ca