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Healthcare provider experiences during COVID-19 redeployment.

PMID: 35929561 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1097/spc.0000000000000609 (read at publisher's website )

Christian Schulz-Quach, Brendan Lyver, Madeline Li,

<h4>Purpose of review</h4>Among the myriad traumatic impacts of COVID-19, the need for redeployment served as a significant stressor for healthcare providers (HCPs). This narrative review summarizes the current literature on HCP redeployment experiences and institutional support for staff, while proposing a theoretical approach to mitigating the negative impact on HCP mental health.<h4>Recent findings</h4>Redeployment was a strong predictor of negative emotions in HCP during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas reflections on benefit-finding associated with redeployment were reported more frequently during later stages. In institutions where attention to redeployment impact was addressed and effective strategies put in place, redeployed HCP felt they received adequate training and support and felt satisfied with the information provided. Redeployment had the potential to yield personal feelings of accomplishment, situational leadership, meaning, and increased sense of team connectedness.<h4>Summary</h4>Benefit-finding, or posttraumatic growth, is a concept in cancer psychiatry which speaks to construing benefits from adversity to support resilience. Redeployment experiences can result in unexpected benefit-finding for individual HCPs. Taking a benefit-finding, relational, and existentially informed approach to COVID-19 redeployment might serve as an opportunity for posttraumatic growth for both individuals and institutions.

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