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Volume 12, Number 12—December 2006

Research

Long-term Psychological and Occupational Effects of Providing Hospital Healthcare during SARS Outbreak

Robert G. Maunder*†Comments to Author , William J. Lancee*†, Kenneth E. Balderson*‡, Jocelyn P. Bennett*, Bjug Borgundvaag*†, Susan Evans§, Christopher M.B. Fernandes¶#, David S. Goldbloom†**, Mona Gupta†††, Jonathan J. Hunter*†, Linda McGillis Hall†, Lynn M. Nagle†, Clare Pain*†, Sonia S. Peczeniuk‡‡, Glenna Raymond§§, Nancy Read‡, Sean B. Rourke†‡, Rosalie J. Steinberg*†, Thomas E. Stewart*†, Susan VanDeVelde Coke††, Georgina G. Veldhorst¶¶, and Donald A. Wasylenki†‡
Author affiliations: *Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; †University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ‡Saint Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; §The Scarborough Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ¶Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; #McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; **Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ††Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; ‡‡Rouge Valley Health System, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; §§Whitby Mental Health Centre, Whitby, Canada; ¶¶North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Table 2

Comparison of eligible Toronto healthcare workers who chose to participate or not to participate in the Impact of SARS Study*

Characteristics Participation in Impact of SARS Study
p value
Did not participate, % (n = 144) Participated, % (n = 111)
Age group, y
<40 53 44
>40 47 56 0.17
Job type
Nurse 73 71
Other 27 29 0.76
Experience, y
<10 51 41
>10 49 59 0.12
Treated SARS patient
Yes 31 59
No or don't know 69 41 <0.001
Overall impact
Bad 40 50
Neutral or good 60 50 0.11

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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