Mental and Physical Well-Being of Frontline Health Care Workers During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (COVER-HCW)

  • End date
    Nov 30, 2023
  • participants needed
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Updated on 16 June 2022
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Study to support the mental and physical well-being of US health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure high-quality care for patients through Stress First Aid.


The goal of the project is to support the mental and physical well-being of U.S. health care workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure high-quality care for patients, by establishing the effectiveness of a tailored Stress First Aid (SFA) intervention, compared to usual care (UC). The RAND Corporation will conduct a cluster randomized controlled trial (cRCT) with three cohorts containing matched pairs in approximately 40 diverse sites (hospitals and clinics) to evaluate whether SFA for HCWs improves mental and physical well-being compared to UC. Sequential roll-out of the intervention to three cohorts will allow investigators to quickly incorporate lessons learned and stakeholder feedback from each iteration into subsequent trainings, and share actionable findings given the urgency due to the pandemic. The end result will be an SFA toolkit tailored for HCWs that can be implemented and scaleable across multiple settings. The proposed SFA intervention addresses an important and compelling clinical care delivery challenge during COVID-19 by improving the mental well-being of HCWs, who will benefit directly and be better equipped to provide higher quality, more sustained, and more patient-centered care to patients. The specific aims of the project are to: (1) test the comparative effectiveness of SFA versus UC on mental and physical well-being (quantitative); (2) understand and document any UC activities to support HCW well-being prior to implementing SFA across sites; and (3) assess the experiences of HCWs and sites with SFA (acceptability, likelihood of uptake, lessons learned) and impact on HCW well-being (qualitative).

Condition Healthy
Treatment Stress First Aid
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04723576
Last Modified on16 June 2022


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Health care workers and patient-facing support staff (e.g., front desk staff)

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