Researchers at the University Hospital Bonn in Germany found that healthcare workers were more likely than physicians and nurses to be satisfied with their occupations. The researchers discovered that persons who had a positive viewpoint on life’s obstacles felt more coherent than those who had negative outlooks. Perceived coherence was shown to be especially essential – in basic terms, the idea that life has meaning and that obstacles can be classed logically.
During the current investigation, the University of Bonn reviewed over 4,300 completed questionnaires. At the time of the study, 80% of the participants worked in hospitals, with 11% working at University Institution Bonn and 1% working at a separate hospital.
A poll of more than people was conducted to determine how stressed they were by their jobs at the time of the World Health Organization epidemic and before it. In each case, more than 20% of respondents said they had depression or anxiety symptoms severe enough to require therapy. Social support, spirituality, and a feeling of coherence were studied as putative “resilience elements”, which are thought to buffer against the mental effects of stress.
Physicians and nurses experience more mental strain than the general public, yet their anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic. Among the putative resilience characteristics, a sense of coherence stands out. Salutogenesis is a concept developed in the 1980s by medical expert Aaron Antonovsky, which focuses on the search for health-promoting variables and attitudes.
Employees who had a strong sense of coherence were less likely to suffer from mental disorders. This characteristic, according to Geiser, makes us more resilient to stress and specific problems. As a result, the study draws key recommendations about how humans should tackle future catastrophes like the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to a new study by Geiser of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, medical technical assistants were the hardest hit by the pandemic’s mental effects. “Timely information is therefore vital” to explain why this is the case to employees, and the more personal meaning they experience in their work, the better they will be able to handle it, according to Geiser.