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Burnout prevention pilot intervention for healthcare workers during COVID-19

Miranda Corpora, LMSW, Andres F. Leone, MD, Elena Liggett, LISW-CP


Background: Burnout is often prevalent among healthcare workers (HCWs) given the stressful nature of their work. COVID-19 has intensified HCW burnout, and little is known about burnout prevention interventions that may help alleviate HCW burnout during COVID-19.

Methods: This study adopted a pre-experimental post-test only design. The sample (n = 53) was adult HCWs at a large metropolitan-area hospital. The intervention consisted of a memorial service that included music by a music therapist, chaplain support, and mindfulness-promoting provisions.

Results: Results showed that 33.9 percent of participants reported currently feeling burned out and 98.1 percent of participants found the intervention helpful. Feedback from participants showed that they thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to pause and remember.

Conclusion: Given the promising results of this pilot study, coupled with increased burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout interventions for HCWs should be further explored.


healthcare workers; burnout; COVID-19; music therapy; chaplaincy; mindfulness

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