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Maternal and neonatal health care worker well-being and patient safety climate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TitleMaternal and neonatal health care worker well-being and patient safety climate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHaidari E, Main EK, Cui X, Cape V, Tawfik DS, Adair KC, Sexton BJ, Profit J
JournalJ Perinatol
Date Published2021 05
KeywordsBurnout, Professional, California, COVID-19, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Health Personnel, Humans, Male, Maternal-Child Health Services, Patient Safety, Surveys and Questionnaires

OBJECTIVE: To assess maternal and neonatal healthcare workers (HCWs) perspectives on well-being and patient safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

STUDY DESIGN: Anonymous survey of HCW well-being, burnout, and patient safety over the prior conducted in June 2020. Results were analyzed by job position and burnout status.

RESULT: We analyzed 288 fully completed surveys. In total, 66% of respondents reported symptoms of burnout and 73% felt burnout among their co-workers had significantly increased. Workplace strategies to address HCW well-being were judged by 34% as sufficient. HCWs who were "burned out" reported significantly worse well-being and patient safety attributes. Compared to physicians, nurses reported higher rates of unprofessional behavior (37% vs. 14%, p = 0.027) and difficulty focusing on work (59% vs. 36%, p = 0.013).

CONCLUSION: Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, HCW well-being was substantially compromised, with negative ramifications for patient safety.

Alternate JournalJ Perinatol
PubMed ID33727700
PubMed Central IDPMC7962434
Grant ListR01 HD084679 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD084679-01 / / U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | NIH | Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) /
K08 HS 27837-01 / / U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | National Institutes of Health (NIH) /