WMJ Vol 120 Issue 4: Coping Strategies Utilized by Emergency Department Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Introduction: COVID-19 has exposed health care workers to new stressors; emergency department providers are at risk of increased stress. It is unknown how coping strategies are utilized by this group during a pandemic.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey incorporating the Brief COPE inventory was deployed to residents, fellows, faculty, and physician assistants at a single US academic emergency department in the spring (April 2020 – May 2020) and winter (December 2020 – January 2021). Scores for 14 individual coping strategies, as well as approach (positive) and avoidant (negative) coping categories, were measured, and utilization of these coping strategies was compared with respect to the provider’s role, sex, the number of people living at home, presence of pets and/or children at home, and stress level.
Results: The response rate was 58/103 (56.3%) and 50/109 (45.9%) for the spring and winter distributions, respectively. In the spring, 70.6% of responders reported increased stress vs 66% in the winter. Overall utilization of coping strategies increased slightly between spring and winter for approach coping (32.22 to 32.64) and avoidant coping (20.95 to 21.73). Resident physicians utilized less approach coping and more avoidant coping when compared to faculty/fellows. Substance use overall had a relatively low score, which increased slightly between spring and winter distributions (2.93 to 3.04).
Conclusions: Approach coping was frequently utilized among ED providers during the COVID-19 pandemic study period. Resident physicians had higher utilization of avoidant coping strategies compared to faculty/fellows and could benefit from targeted wellness interventions during times of increased stress.
The target audience for this journal-based activity is healthcare providers caring for the people and communities of Wisconsin and beyond.
As a result of this journal-based activity, learners will be able to:
- Describe coping strategies that people employ in times of stress, including positive, negative (ie, avoidant coping), and other strategies.
- Explain the results of the study that used the Brief COPE inventory to explore coping strategies used by residents, fellows, faculty, and physician assistants working in an academic emergency department during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Discuss how the results of this study could inform development of interventions to help clinicians experiencing stress deal with it in a productive manner.
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) to identify, mitigate and disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* held by the speakers/presenters, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this accredited continuing education (CE). In addition, speakers, presenters and authors must disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation.
For this accredited continuing education activity all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated and detailed disclosures are listed below.
|Name of Individual||Individual's Role in Activity|
Financial Relationship Disclosure
|Marianna Shershneva, MD, PhD||Accreditation Specialist||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Corlin Jewell, MD||Author||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Benjamin Schnapp, MD, MEd||Author||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Brian Patterson, MD, MPH||Author||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Christopher Vandivort, MD||Author||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Pravesh Sharma||Reviewer||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Sanjay Bhandari, MD||Reviewer||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Sarina Schrager, MD||Editor||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
|Laura Ozkan, PA||Reviewer||No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose||No|
*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on, patients.
The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical services directly to patients to be ineligible companies.
|In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP and the Wisconsin Medical Journal. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.|
Credit Designation Statements
American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this journal-based CE activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Education Units
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1 hour.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
- 1.00 Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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