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ITALY: Prevent stress and burn-out of health workers

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INAIL has joined forces with the National Council of the Order of Psychologists to provide psychological support to all health workers involved in the fight against Covid-19.

Indeed, their front-line involvement in the management of the health emergency exposes them to increasing operational and emotional overload. They have to cope with drastic changes from an organisational, relational, environmental and psychological point of view. In addition to work-related aspects, they are faced with the difficulty of reconciling their professional and private lives.

All these aspects lead to a situation of increasing stress and potentially negative effects on their health. If the situation is prolonged over time, it can lead to a feeling of helplessness and even a state of suffering such as burnout.

This is why psychologists are provided with aids and tools so that they can help the nursing staff. For example, a form has been designed to carry out an initial telephone interview and then monitor changes over time. It is accompanied by a guide on data recording and classification methods. This encourages the sharing of information between psychologists in the same department and to monitor the most critical cases in particular. Finally, a dedicated e-mail address has been activated.

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