This research will help understand how health care professionals who are at the forefront of the fight against this disease respond to the presence of coronavirus in their health care setting. Ultimately, the data from this study will help determine better workforce planning strategies when dealing with a rapid spread of COVID-19 or a second wave.

Project summary

To date, health professionals involved in the care of persons with COVID-19 have responded adequately to a health emergency. A second wave is currently expected and we must find a way to put the right people in the right place. We also know that some health care professionals feel compelled to take care of people with COVID-19. Others suffer psychologically when they take care of people with COVID-19. This natural response to a virus such as COVID-19 is essentially based on a reaction driven by the fear of contracting the virus, the fear of dying or infecting a close relation.

This study is intended for health professionals as well as for people supporting organizations. It is also intended for nurses, nursing assistants, orderlies, housekeeping staff, physicians, paramedics and respiratory therapists.

The objective of this study is to provide evidence to support the intervention in terms of workforce planning and identification of the most refractory individuals, as well as those with a profile compatible with such an action. This study represents a direct contribution to the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The results of this research will improve intervention planning.

This study is conducted by the research team of Professor Bruno Pilote of the Faculty of Nursing at Université Laval. This research project was approved by the Research Ethics Board of Université Laval and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Project team

  • Bruno Pilote

    Chercheur principal

    Faculté des Sciences infirmières,

    Université Laval

  • Eusèbe Ahossi

    Co-chercheur

    École des Sciences infirmières,

    Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Bénin)

  • Gilles Chiniara

    Chercheur principal

    Faculté de médecine,

    Université Laval

  • Joyce Dogba

    Co-chercheur

    Faculté de médecine,

    Université Laval

  • Liette Saint-Pierre

    Chercheur principal

    Département des sciences infirmières,

    Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

  • Nicolas Vonarx

    Co-chercheur

    Faculté des sciences infirmières,

    Université Laval

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