Exploring the Mental Health of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents While Caring for Patients in Post-Covid-19 Rehabilitation Care Units: A Qualitative Study.
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Objectives: The aim of my quality improvement project is to explore the challenges that PM&R residents encounter while caring for patients in post-COVID-19 rehabilitation care units.
Design: A qualitative study using a semi-structured interview approach was employed to address the phenomenology towards residents and institutional factors that affects the mental health status during these difficult times.
Results: The themes identified in the focus groups mostly covered the following three areas: (1) concerns and key stressors, (2) how the residents addressed these concerns and what was the institutional response to these concerns, and (3) coping strategies that helped them overcome the stress.
Stress management is an important aspect in the care and wellbeing of residents, especially during this pandemic. Further plans to implement resident’s well being programs in a non-judgmental manner is recommended.
Al Lawati ZJ, Roskos PT. Exploring the mental health of physical medicine and rehabilitation residents while caring for patients in post-covid-19 rehabilitation care units: a qualitative study. Am J Phys Med Rehab. 2021;100(4 suppl.):a166.