Characterization of individuals receiving treatment for PTSD

In this study, researchers will investigate how burnout, moral injury, minority stress and day-to-day factors like poor sleep and relationship difficulties brought on by the burden of pandemic response contribute to PTSD in health care professionals and first responders.

The initial phase of this project will focus on qualitative and quantitative research, with early findings being rapidly translated to new prevention and intervention strategies tailored to health care workers and first responders. A second phase will implement, and critically evaluate, these novel approaches in different treatment settings ranging from inpatient to outpatient counselling and disseminate these approaches widely for the benefit of all Canadians.

Investigators will also examine the less-understood impact of the pandemic on health care workers and first responders within minority and marginalized communities.

Research Team: Dr. Margaret McKinnon (McMaster University, HRI), Dr. Kim Ritchie (McMaster University, HRI)

Funder: Homewood Health