Maternity healthcare providers' self-perceptions of well-being during COVID-19 : a survey in Tshwane Health District, South Africa

Show simple item record Oosthuizen, Sarie J. Bergh, Anne-Marie Silver, Antonella Malatji, Refilwe Mfolo, Vivian Botha, Tanita 2022-07-13T05:03:20Z 2022-07-13T05:03:20Z 2022-01-12
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Mental health manifestations such as depression and anxiety disorders became more marked during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as frontline healthcare workers struggled to maintain high-quality intrapartum care and essential health services. AIM : This study aimed to identify maternity healthcare providers' self-perceptions of changes in their feelings of mental well-being. SETTING : Ten midwife obstetric units and the labour wards of four district hospitals in Tshwane Health District, South Africa. METHODS : We conducted an anonymous, cross-sectional survey amongst a convenience sample of 114 maternity healthcare workers to gauge the changes in healthcare workers' experience and perceptions of well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Four items measured the perceived changes on a scale of 0-10 for the periods before and during COVID-19, respectively, namely feelings of fear or anxiety, stress, depression and anger. RESULTS : The majority of participants were professional nurses (37%) and advanced midwives (47%). They reported a significant change in well-being from before the pandemic to during the pandemic with regard to all four items (p 0.0001). The biggest 'before-during' difference was in perceptions of fear or anxiety and the smallest difference was in perceptions of anger. A framework was constructed from the open-ended responses to explain healthcare workers' understanding and perceptions of increased negative feelings regarding their mental well-being. CONCLUSION : The observed trends in the changes in healthcare workers' self-perceptions of their mental well-being highlight the need for further planning to build resilient frontline healthcare workers and provide them with ongoing mental health support and improved communication pathways. en_US
dc.description.department Family Medicine en_US
dc.description.department Obstetrics and Gynaecology en_US
dc.description.department Statistics en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Oosthuizen, S., Bergh, A.-M., Silver, A., Malatji, R., Mfolo, V. & Botha, T. Maternity healthcare providers’ self-percepons of well-being during COVID-19: A survey in Tshwane Health District, South Africa. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine 2022;14(1), a3034. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2928 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2936 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/phcfm.v14i1.3034
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS en_US
dc.rights © 2022. The Author. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Anger en_US
dc.subject Anxiety en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.subject Fear en_US
dc.subject Maternity healthcare workers en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Support en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_US
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_US
dc.title Maternity healthcare providers' self-perceptions of well-being during COVID-19 : a survey in Tshwane Health District, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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