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Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the psychological well-being of oncology healthcare professionals

Appleton, L, Atkins, C, Watmough, S, Cherry, MG and Poole, H (2023) Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the psychological well-being of oncology healthcare professionals. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79 (10). pp. 3787-3799. ISSN 0309-2402

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Aims: To explore how psychological well-being is maintained by healthcare professionals (HCPs) employed in a cancer setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Design: A qualitative design using diaries and interviews to collect data was used to gain insights into how HCPs managed their well-being during the pandemic. Methods: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse diaries and interviews completed by 66 HCPs during the second pandemic lockdown period (December 2020–April 2021). A total of 102 HCPs were recruited, drawn from five groups: nursing staff, radiographers, medical staff, allied health professionals (AHPs) (non-radiographers) and support staff. Results: The majority of participants adjusted to the challenges of the pandemic using positive coping strategies, although difficult days required the mobilization of additional resources. Emotion management was regulated through peer relationships, professional roles and the workplace, sustained through communities of practice involving knowledge exchange, shared goals and social interactions. Maintaining high-quality patient care was a source of job satisfaction, providing a route through which positive emotions could be channelled; however, it was juxtaposed with threats to well-being from busy workloads and variable organizational responsiveness. Work routines provided a platform for well-being, underpinned by the sharing of problems and solutions within peer networks. Conclusion: This study has highlighted the dynamic nature of well-being amongst HCPs during the pandemic. Well-being interventions should build on the preferred coping strategies of HCPs, focusing on the way individuals coalesce in groups to learn from and support one another. Impact: HCPs may experience different psychological responses when exposed to a pandemic situation. This study identifies the strategies used by HCPs to maintain positive psychological well-being within professional roles, whilst adjusting to emerging well-being threats. Key components of HCP's well-being are addressed, which are relevant to clinical practice and the broader healthcare workforce. Patient or Public Contribution: Research team members included public representatives who contributed to the development, methods, data collection and analysis of the study. They supported the development of the Research Assistant by providing mock interview skills training.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Appleton, L., Atkins, C., Watmough,S., Cherry, M. G., & Poole, H. (2023). Exploring the impact ofCOVID-19 on the psychological well-being of oncologyhealthcare professionals. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79,3787–3799. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15672, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15672. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Communicable Disease Control; Health Personnel; Delivery of Health Care; Pandemics; COVID-19; Psychological Well-Being; COVID-19; cancer; healthcare professionals; nursing/midwives/nursing; oncology; qualitative; well-being; Humans; COVID-19; Pandemics; Psychological Well-Being; Communicable Disease Control; Health Personnel; Delivery of Health Care; 1110 Nursing; Nursing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Wiley
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 May 2024 10:41
Last Modified: 30 May 2024 10:41
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/jan.15672
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23389
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