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Mental health
Mental health conditions of pandemic healthcare workers: findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis
  1. Ela Ury
  1. Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Ela Ury, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; ela.s.ury92{at}

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Commentary on: Hill J-E, Harris C, Danielle L-C, Boland P, Doherty A-J, Benedetto V, Gita BE, Clegg A-J. The prevalence of mental health conditions in healthcare workers during and after a pandemic: Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Adv Nurs. 2022;78:1551–1573. doi: 10.1111/jan.15175. Epub 2022 Feb 12.

Implications for practice and research

  • Many healthcare workers experience serious mental health conditions during pandemics.

  • Further research is needed to determine which staff are most vulnerable to poor mental health, and how staff may be supported during pandemics.


During pandemics, front-line staff face significant detriments to their well-being, such as rapidly changing work environments, high numbers of patient deaths and fears of contracting illness.1 It is therefore essential to evaluate the impact that pandemics have on those working in the healthcare sector. This would allow interventions to be developed to support front-line …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.