Health and Wellness in Healthcare Providers Post-disaster

U

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Status

Completed

Conditions

Waitlist Control Group
Intervention 2: Resilience and Coping for Healthcare Plus Additional Services
Intervention 1: Resilience and Coping for Healthcare Group

Treatments

Behavioral: RCHC
Other: Waitlist control
Behavioral: RCHC+

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03722368
18699

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this evaluation is to understand the impact of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPS) programming that AmeriCares (a non-profit disaster response organization) is currently providing to healthcare and social service providers in Southeast Texas and Puerto Rico. The MHPS services are designed to provide skills to reduce stress, improve coping and reduce symptoms of burnout (compassion fatigue).

Full description

Health care and social service providers from disaster-affected communities are at heightened risk for emotional distress symptoms immediately after the event and over the longer-term recovery period. They provide care to others both physically and emotionally, while at the same time are often in the process of recovery and rebuilding their own lives. Health care providers, particularly those who work in safety net health centers, often serve high-need communities where incomes are lower, health issues are elevated, and health care is scarce. Given the high risk for emotional distress symptoms for healthcare workers after a disaster, it is critical to offer services to help ease the stress during the hurricane recovery. This evaluation will examine the impact of Americares mental health and psychosocial (MHPS) programming on care providers in the short- and longterm recovery. The purpose of this evaluation is to understand the impact of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPS) programming that AmeriCares (a non-profit disaster response organization) is currently providing to healthcare and social service providers in Southeast Texas and Puerto Rico. The MHPS services are designed to provide skills to reduce stress, improve coping and reduce symptoms of burnout (compassion fatigue). The study included naturalistic groups that will receive services from Americares based on the agencies needs. They will include: A waitlisted control group who will receive services within 3-months after the study begins A group who will receive one specific workshop, known as RCHC (Resilience and Coping for the Healthcare Community) A group who will receive RCHC plus additional services (RCHC+) The 3-hour RCHC intervention draws from existing literature and theory on effective psychosocial interventions and integrates the following components: An open interactive learning environment A safe environment for open communication Education and strategies to support highly stressed and/or traumatized patients. Psycho-education about stress and coping Planning for coping strategies Identification and referral to mental health resources The additional services will include wellness groups and psychoeducational training. The wellness groups include a variety of topics, designed to promote healthy living and empowerment. Each one-hour group will be facilitated by Americares staff and tailored to particular needs of the group. Topics may include but not limited to: Grief and loss, Stress management, Workplace wellness, Navigating support systems. The psychoeducational trainings provide healthcare workers with educational resources to support their patients in the aftermath of Harvey and recognize and respond to stress reactions. Training topics include: Psychological First Aid for Adults, Psychological First Aid for Children, The Brain, the Body and Trauma, Coping with Difficult Workplace Situations.

Enrollment

1,100 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria:

Healthcare workers will be eligible for the study if they are:

  • over 18 years of age at the time of admission into the study;
  • speak and read English or Spanish;
  • have been identified as having experienced Hurricane Harvey or Maria or providing care to people living in areas affected by the storms;
  • are employed by a participating Community Health Center or partnering agency;
  • participate in AmeriCares MHPS programs.

Exclusion criteria: Healthcare workers will be excluded if they:

  • do not meet the inclusion criteria, or
  • do not give consent to participate in the study.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Non-Randomized

Interventional model

Factorial Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

1,100 participants in 3 patient groups

RCHC
Experimental group
Description:
Participation in the Resilience and Coping of the Healthcare Community Intervention.
Treatment:
Behavioral: RCHC
RCHC+
Experimental group
Description:
Participation in the Resilience and Coping of the Healthcare Community Intervention, support groups and one on one counseling.
Treatment:
Behavioral: RCHC+
Waitlist Control
Other group
Description:
This group will receive treatment as usual and will be offered services once the study is complete.
Treatment:
Other: Waitlist control

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