Contributions like those of Professor Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, who was recently awarded funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for her project entitled “Addressing the Harms of COVID-19 on the Health of the Canadian Health Workforce: Evaluation of an Evidence-Informed, Multi-Level Intervention Strategy”. This study aims to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce burnout among health workers, who have faced increased job demands, complex and quickly evolving working environments and riskier working conditions, all while navigating chronic staffing shortages, throughout the pandemic.
On the importance of supporting the health workforce, Professor Bourgeault has this to say: “Many are saying that if the health workforce was a patient, it would be in critical condition. Our team will work in partnership with national health professional associations and local health care organizations to bring evidence-based interventions to help respond to both growing and longstanding mental health concerns of health workers.”
This new grant will help build on Professor Bourgeault’s existing CIHR and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded , an initiative that examines mental health, leaves of absence and return to work from a comparative and intersectional gender lens.