COVID-19 pandemic and Helsinki University Hospital personnel psychological well-being: Six-month follow-up results

Tanja Laukkala, Jaana Suvisaari, Tom Rosenström, Eero Pukkala, Kristiina Junttila, Henna Haravuori, Katinka Tuisku, Toni Haapa, Pekka Jylhä

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unequally distributed extra workload to hospital personnel and first reports have indicated that especially front-line health care personnel are psy-chologically challenged. A majority of the Finnish COVID-19 patients are cared for in the Helsinki University Hospital district. The psychological distress of the Helsinki University Hospital personnel has been followed via an electronic survey monthly since June 2020. We report six-month follow-up results of a prospective 18-month cohort study. Individual variation explained much more of the total variance in psychological distress (68.5%, 95% CI 65.2–71.9%) and negative changes in sleep (75.6%, 95% CI 72.2–79.2%) than the study survey wave (1.6%, CI 0.5–5.5%; and 0.3%, CI 0.1–1.2%). Regional COVID-19 incidence rates correlated with the personnel’s psychological distress. In ad-justed multilevel generalized linear multiple regression models, potentially traumatic COVID-19 pandemic-related events (OR 6.54, 95% CI 5.00–8.56) and front-line COVID-19 work (OR 1.81, 95% CI 1.37–2.39) was associated with personnel psychological distress but age and gender was not. While vaccinations have been initiated, creating hope, continuous follow-up and psychosocial support is still needed for all hospital personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2524
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Hospital personnel
  • Potentially traumatic event
  • Psychological distress

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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