COWORKER Nursing Home Study

Nursing home staff mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland – Second Survey COWORKER Nursing Home logo square


25th of November 2021. The second phase of this study is now open to all nursing home staff. This includes those who completed phase 1 of the survey.

In the past two years we have all had to adapt to a radically changed work and social environment due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Those of us working in nursing homes and healthcare are particularly affected. This includes frontline workers such as nurses, healthcare assistants, activity coordinators, household staff, catering staff or administrative staff in nursing homes.

The COWORKER Nursing Home Study invites nursing home staff to take part in a research survey about coping with these unprecedented changes. The study will characterise the nature and extent of any psychological distress experienced by nursing home staff. The findings will help to clarify care needs to inform mental healthcare policies for nursing home staff in Ireland and abroad.

If you are a nurse, healthcare assistant, activity coordinator, household staff, catering staff or administrative staff in an Irish nursing home and are interested in taking part in the COWORKER survey, please click the following link to find out more and join in:


This study was approved by the St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services Research Ethics Committee on November 18, 2020. If you would like to contact the research team, please email us at



Helpful, user-friendly, information about managing your mental health and wellbeing can be found at Healthy Ireland.

Through participation in this survey study, you may recognise that you have been experiencing difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak. Mental health supports and services will be available through:

  • your own General Practitioner (GP)
  • the Occupational Health service in the hospital where you work
  • a wide range of online, phone, text and email supports and services can be found at Mental health supports during Covid-19.

Information on post-traumatic stress disorder is available here.

For information on the findings of the first wave of this survey please click here.