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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 6

Correlation between adverse outcomes after SARS and perceived characteristics of workplace and environment, coping style, and attachment insecurity in Toronto healthcare workers*

Characteristics of healthcare workers Burnout
Psychological distress
Posttraumatic stress
Spearman ρ p value Spearman ρ p value Spearman ρ p value
Training, protection and support –0.297 <0.001 –0.162 0.06 –0.269 0.001
Stigma and avoidance 0.153 0.07 0.080 0.36 0.302 <0.001
Job stress 0.312 <0.001 0.224 0.008 0.164 0.052
Adaptive coping 0.066 0.44 0.147 0.08 0.182 0.03
Maladaptive coping 0.261 0.002 0.312 <0.001 0.364 <0.001
Attachment anxiety 0.179 0.049 0.355 <0.001 0.295 0.001
Attachment avoidance 0.078 0.40 0.204 0.03 0.139 0.13

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

*SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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