Safety attitudes, burnout and wellbeing among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: an Indo-Pacific regional cross-sectional study

Keng Sheng, Chew Safety attitudes, burnout and wellbeing among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: an Indo-Pacific regional cross-sectional study. Singapore Med J. ISSN 2737-5935 (In Press)

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact in Asia and has placed significant burden on already stretched healthcare systems. We examined the impact of COVID-19 on safety attitudes among healthcare workers (HCWs) as well as their associated demographic and occupational factors, and measures of burnout, depression and anxiety. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study utilising snowball sampling was performed involving doctors, nurses and allied health professions from 23 hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Indonesia between 29 May 2020 and 13 July 2020. This survey collated demographic data and workplace conditions and included three validated questionnaires: Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ); Oldenburg Burnout Inventory; and Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale. We performed multivariate mixed model regression to assess for independent associations with the SAQ Total Percentage Agree Rates (PAR). Results: We obtained 3,163 responses. A SAQ Total PAR of 35.7%, 15.0%, 51.0% and 3.3% was calculated among respondents from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, respectively. Burnout scores were highest among respondents from Indonesia and lowest in respondents from India at 70.9%–85.4% versus 56.3%–63.6%, respectively. Multivariate analyses revealed that meeting burnout and depression thresholds, and shifts lasting ≥ 12 hours were significantly associated with lower SAQ Total PAR. Conclusion: Addressing factors contributing to high burnout and depression, and placing strict limits on work hours per shift may contribute significantly towards improving safety culture among HCWs and should remain priorities as this pandemic continues.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Sheng
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 05:13
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 16:28
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/38274

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