Research paper highlights mental health risks of doctors during COVID-19

University of Wolverhampton academics have published a research paper that highlights the mental health risks of doctors and other healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Niall Galbraith, Reader in Health Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, has drawn upon his own research and that of the wider literature to write a critical review on health professionals’ mental health. He and his co-authors argue that authorities and healthcare executives should show strong leadership and support for doctors and their families during the pandemic and should make efforts to reduce mental health stigma in clinical workplaces.

The review highlights the abundant evidence for stress and mental health risk in the health professions and integrates this with the research evidence on how previous pandemics and health crises have affected the mental health of doctors.