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Mental health
Supporting resilience and well-being in health and social care professionals during pandemics
  1. Louise McCallum
  1. Nursing and Healthcare School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Louise McCallum, Nursing and Healthcare School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK; Louise.McCallum{at}

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Commentary on: Pollock A, Campbell P, Cheyne J, et al. Interventions to support the resilience and mental health of frontline health and social care professionals during and a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic: a mixed methods systematic review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2020; 11: CD013779.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is a lack of robust evidence informing decisions on which interventions best support resilience in frontline staff during pandemics.

  • Future research should capture the antecedent factors including (a) personal characteristics, (b) work environment and (c) job characteristics, associated with well-being to support the development of targeted resilience enhancing interventions.


Pandemics place frontline workers at high risk of mental illness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 30% of healthcare workers reported high levels of acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and alcohol use disorder.1 Antecedents of mental illness include rapidly changing workload and context, powerlessness, limited access to resources (ie, personal protective equipment) and …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.