Kurt Kroenke, M.D., discusses the benefits found in a study of emergency department physicians participating in peer-support groups and says they could translate to other healthcare settings and clinicians.
The important question is how we can help our healthcare workers when they’re working under high-stress conditions like COVID or other situations, and this study showed that providing peer support groups could be one way of providing benefit. Although this study focused on emergency room physicians, it’s likely that benefits could also apply to nurses or healthcare workers in settings other than the emergency department.
This study during COVID at a time of high stress, showed that emergency department physicians coming together in peer support groups benefited in terms of reduced psychological distress and could be beneficial to consider. This is a fairly low-cost intervention that healthcare systems could provide for their healthcare workers.