|Academic paper Title Briefly explain why HCPs viewing Lagom should know about the insight from your paper.||Examination of Hospital Workers’ Emotional Responses to an Infectious Disease Outbreak: Lessons From the 2015 MERS Co-V Outbreak in South Korea Son H, Lee WJ, Kim HS, Lee KS, You M. Examination of Hospital Workers’ Emotional Responses to an Infectious Disease Outbreak: Lessons From the 2015 MERS Co-V Outbreak in South Korea. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019 Jun;13(3):504-510. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2018.95. Epub 2018 Oct 18. PMID: 30334501. Many articles have detailed the prevalence of depression amongst HCWs, mental health conditions that were greatly exacerbated by the onslaught of pressures brought about by pandemics. However, anecdotes of experiences through a pandemic have been sorely lacking. I hope to use Lagom as a platform to validate any and all depressing experiences brought to light with my article.|
|Synopsis of paper What is the main aim of the paper? How is the Results section organised?||The paper aims to identify negative emotions and stress experienced by hospital workers, and also reasons that brought about such experiences during a pandemic. Results organised as such: Reasons for negative emotions i) Workplace feels unsafe ii) Discrimination against myself and my family iii) Communication breakdown from higher management iv) Repercussions from community|
|Prominent experiences identified Some paraphrasing expected Suggested things to look out for: > What did they feel > What sort of situations often happens > What behaviours do they exemplify > What beliefs do they exhibit||i) Workplace feels unsafe High risk of infection and infecting others “I felt so sorry for my family. What if they got infected with MERS because of me?” Financial damages from decreased outpatient visitation, extensive job insecurity ii) Discrimination against myself and my family Stigmatised as high-risk spreaders, rejected in public places as a result “People … said bad things about the hospital …shunned its employees. It was heartbreaking and resentful … I was also refused a taxi.” Stigmatisation from social circle “…A mother said that she felt afraid because a physician from our hospital lived in the same apartment complex as her family. Another mother asked if someone’s mother in the class worked at our hospital. I couldn’t say anything.” iii) Communication breakdown from higher management Hospital staff was not informed of MERS patients initially Hospital wanted to conceal the presence of MERS patients in hospital Delayed instructions on responding to enquiries from members of public iv) Repercussions from community Distrust on hospital’s operations on infection control and patient safety Staff suffered a poor reputation as a result of being dishonest as per instructed by higher management “He did not believe my words that there were no MERS patients in our hospital … he yelled at me that I should take responsibility if he visited our hospital and became infected. I was so upset.”|
|What do these prominent experiences mean? Integrate your findings and develop your own summary points. (i.e. What drove people to describe their experiences that way?)||Various negative emotions and stress were brought about by discrimination at the individual level, communication breakdown at the organisational level, and reduced trust on the community level HCWs, like any professional, require the basic need of workplace safety to be met to function effectively as professionals HCWs will be affected by societal attitudes that are out of their control. Such attitudes are often discriminatory against them and highly influential in affecting mental wellbeing HCWs are likely to be placed in an involuntary position of representing their organisation. Insecurity/ moral injury brought about by the silence or questionable decision-making of their higher management can be highly distressing|
|Anecdotes that you found profoundly impactful Try to keep it shorter than 5 sentences||See abv|
|Using credible guideline(s) related to the topic of your paper, curate: Key messages for HCP: Need not be related to your paper. HCP to patients/patients’ NOK: What do you wish to let your patients know about depression? HCP to other HCP: What do you wish to let your colleagues know about depression? HCP to themselves: Did what you have found make sense to (if any) your own experience and understanding of depression? How so? Other relevant information:||Management of HCPs:|
Resource planning (PPE, manpower hours) need to be routinely and robustly enforced, with foreseen pandemic resource crunch being accounted for Safe spaces (online, support groups, physical areas of rest) that allow staff to rant out their frustrations should be advocated Call out discrimination against your staff! Zero tolerance to staff abuse Established communication networks in an organisation needs to be actively used with staff across the department. The chain of command should be made known to them all.