Saint Mary’s research project aims to prevent burnout of front-line health workers

By Maroon & White | spring 2020

Dr. Debra Gilin, a professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s, is leading a research project to examine burnout among front-line workers during COVID-19. The study aims to rapidly develop screening and intervention tools to support mental health and prevent elevated job burnout and safety risks for health care staff in the province. “For Nova Scotia to successfully fight COVID-19, front-line health care workers must be physically and mentally well, and feel safe at work over the long haul,” says Dr. Gilin. Dr. Gilin’s research team is comprised of leading Canadian experts in occupational health psychology, patient and occupational safety, and job burnout (Dr. Lori Francis, Dr. Mark Fleming, and Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley). A recent grant from the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition will help propel the project forward. 

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