The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee held its second virtual research forum on 14th July, 2020, a week after holding the inaugural session on 7th July, 2020.
The presentation and discussion during the 2nd session revolved around offering psychological support to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Muthoni Mathai from the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, made a presentation of a study titled: The acceptability and effectiveness of a tele-medicine based approach to offering psychosocial support to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya
This study seeks to evaluate the usefulness of providing telemedicine-based psychosocial support to health workers who are at risk of experiencing psychological distress in the process of managing patients with or at risk of COVID-19 viral infection.
This will be a quasi-experimental study that will employ pre and post-test research design. Healthcare workers from three public and one private hospital will receive telemedicine-based psychological support. All healthcare workers in these hospitals who are offering services to patients infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS Cov 2 who consent to the study, will be enrolled to participate.
Both Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected. Qualitative data will be collected using a researcher designed interview guide. While quantitative data will be collected using the Impact of Event Scale (IES-R), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9), Generalised Disorder Anxiety scale (GADS). Group intervention will be offered online in two phases: Acute intervention using Psychological first aid (PFA) and Self-care accountability groups for maintenance. Data will be collected at baseline and follow up will be done after 3 weeks, 4 months and 8 months post-intervention.
The next session will be held on 21st July, 2020.