COVID-19 - Coronavirus disease 2019

Behaviours and Experience of City Healthcare Professionals to the SARS-CoV-2 Epidemic – COVécu

Submission summary

Given the overcrowding in hospital services, the management of the health crisis linked to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic relies in particular on the Territorial Professional Health Communities, which include doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. The challenge of caring for patients in a health system described as suffering leads us to question the experience of the epidemic at all levels of action. To our knowledge, there is no information to date on the experience of the health crisis of urban health professionals in terms of the impact on their professional and personal life and the difficulties encountered.
Using a mixed, cross-sectional, observational and multicentric methodology, the aim of this 12-month study is to identify the impact on professional and personal life and the difficulties experienced by doctors, nurses and physiotherapists working in private practice in connection with a CPTS involved in the management of the health crisis.
Semi-directive interviews, lasting a maximum of 45 minutes, will be carried out with doctors, nurses and physiotherapists integrated into a CPTS and digitally recorded audio digitally, then transcribed literally and in full. They will be conducted by the researcher participating in the study. The transcribed interviews will be anonymised and kept in an office of the Clinical Research Unit Paris Centre in order to carry out the analysis as and when the interviews are carried out. Following the interview, the participant will be asked to answer the "Preparedness for Caregiving Scale" composed of 8 questions, each evaluated by a 4-level Likert scale. Over a planned inclusion period of 3 months, 75 health professionals (25 doctors, 25 nurses, 25 physiotherapists) will be included. The evaluation criteria of the study will be: i) The diversity of themes extracted during the analysis of the interviews, resulting after analysis in a set of meta-themes describing all the experience stories ii) The score on 24 of the "Preparedness for Caregiving Scale".
This study will allow an enrichment of knowledge about the impact of the health crisis on professional and personal life and the difficulties encountered by urban health professionals (doctors, nurses and physiotherapists). But also the identification of the key needs of self-employed health professionals in the management of a health crisis, both in terms of health care skills and in terms of organisation and communication between the various players. Finally, this study will make it possible to identify the traumas experienced and/or felt by self-employed health professionals and the possible consequences of these traumas.

Project coordination

flora devos (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


AP-HP Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris

Help of the ANR 60,500 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: June 2020 - 12 Months

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