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COWORKER Nursing Home Study

Effects of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of nursing home staff in Ireland

In the past several months 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:

Please note the survey has closed for this wave of the study. We plan to re-open the survey for a follow up phase later this year. Please email if you wish to be informed.

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.