A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association presented a viewpoint on healthcare professionals worthy of consideration. The authors refer to the many frontline healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients in all settings and around the world. It is well known, documented, and reported on regarding the stress involved for every professional and the need for understanding, support, encouragement, and system changes to ensure the health and wellbeing of these current workers and to make sure they will be there for ongoing healthcare needs when the pandemic recedes.

The article entitled, “Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, is a must read for all of us in healthcare. It underscores some of the weaknesses in the way we think of healthcare professionals and the areas that need to be addressed for the survivability of the professions. It clearly enunciates the variety of anxieties they currently experience and then summarizes the needs they have to keep them going, motivated, encouraged, and frankly able to survive and perhaps thrive. 

The needs of the healthcare workers seem very similar to the needs of the patients receiving their care. Simply put they are asking for these five things from each other and from those who have a say in their day to day care or responsibilities:

     Ο  Hear Me  Ο  Protect Me  Ο  Prepare Me  Ο  Care for Me  Ο  Support Me

Frontline healthcare professionals today are clearly meeting these needs for their patients and are asking that their (similar) needs are heard and addressed. We should try to meet these needs and more.

THANK YOU TO ALL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE CARING FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS.

The full article is available at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2764380