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Psychological support interventions for healthcare providers and informal caregivers during the covid‐19 pandemic: A systematic review of the literature

Bertuzzi, V; Semonella, M; Bruno, D; Manna, C; Edbrook‐childs, J; Giusti, EM; Castelnuovo, G; (2021) Psychological support interventions for healthcare providers and informal caregivers during the covid‐19 pandemic: A systematic review of the literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 18 (13) , Article 6939. 10.3390/ijerph18136939. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGRHOUND: During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers and informal caregivers were at an increased risk of adverse mental health effects. This systematic review provides a summary of the available evidence on the content and efficacy of the psychological support interventions in increasing mental health among healthcare providers and informal caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: PubMed, Google Scholar, PsychINFO, and Scopus databases were systematically searched for relevant articles, and the methodological quality of selected articles was assessed using the Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies. RESULTS: A search of electronic databases identified five reports based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. All psychological support interventions for caregivers were delivered digitally. Despite the large heterogeneity of the selected studies, the findings support the efficacy of mental health interventions in reducing distress and burnout, while promoting self-efficacy and well-being in both healthcare providers and informal caregivers. CONCLUSION: Since mental health problems are expected to increase during, and as a result of, the COVID-19 pandemic, and digital tools might offer a range of mental health treatments to meet the unique and immediate needs of people, further research is needed to test the cost-effectiveness of digital psychological interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Psychological support interventions for healthcare providers and informal caregivers during the covid‐19 pandemic: A systematic review of the literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18136939
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136939
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 by the Authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: COVID-19; healthcare providers; informal caregiver; psychological support intervention; digital psychological intervention; clinical psychology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131139
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