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Effects of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers

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 hospital-based healthcare are particularly affected. This includes frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) such as doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and radiographers.

The COWORKER study invites hospital-based HCWs to take part in a research survey about coping with these unprecedented changes and what is needed to maintain wellbeing. Our findings will characterise the nature and extent of any psychological distress experienced by HCWs and clarify care needs to inform current and future mental healthcare policies for HCWs in Ireland and abroad.

If you are a doctor, nurse, radiographer or healthcare assistant based St James’s Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital or Beaumont Hospital 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 and is no longer recruiting participants.

This study was approved by the Joint Research and Ethics Committee of Tallaght University Hospital and St James’s Hospital on 12th October 2020 and Beaumont Ethics (Medical Research) Committee on 16th February 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.