Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified personal and work-related stress. At baseline, healthcare workers experience unique threats to their well-being; during the pandemic, the loss of usual supports, addition of caregiving and schooling responsibilities for those with children, and uncertainty at work compounded existing mental health burdens among healthcare workers. In addition, these threats to well-being are borne inequitably, with documented disparities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, women, and low socioeconomic status healthcare workers. In this presentation, we will discuss systems and individual-level threats to well-being for healthcare workers specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and identify evidence-informed ways to improve well-being.

Learning objectives
At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how personal demographics influence well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Understand the differences between burnout, mental illness, and moral distress.
  • List evidence-informed systems-level and individual-level strategies to mitigate threats to well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.


CanMEDs Roles addressed:

Health advocate, Leader, Professional