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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 3

Demographic and job characteristics of participants, Impact of SARS Study*

Characteristics Toronto % (n = 587) Hamilton % (n = 182) p value
Female 86.0 89.6 0.22
Single 23.7 20.3
Married or common-law 65.2 68.1
Separated or widowed 11.1 11.5 0.41
Living with child <16 y of age 36.3 36.8 0.90
Living with adult >65 y of age 9.2 5.5 0.11
Worked in healthcare >10 y 65.1 68.7 0.37
Worked any shifts during SARS in
Surgical inpatient unit 13.8 18.7 0.11
Medical inpatient unit 26.4 21.4 0.18
Isolation unit with SARS patients 22.5
Intensive care unit 32.9 34.1 0.66
Emergency department 32.2 24.7 0.06

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
†Hamilton had no patients with SARS.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
†Hamilton had no patients with SARS.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
†Hamilton had no patients with SARS.

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