A Norwegian study on views and experiences of health care personnel working in intensive care units during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary study A national retrospective/prospective cohort study of all health care professionals (nurses, medical doctors, leaders) working at intensive care units (ICU) and ICU cohorts’ units during COVID-19 pandemic in Norwegian hospitals. A survey with repeated measure times will cover views and experiences in all phases of the pandemic: I. Planning of COVID-19 ICU units, II. The first patients in COVID-19 ICU units, III: COVID-19 ICU units during the pandemic, IV: COVID-19 ICU units during the pandemic top and finally V: views and experiences of all health care professionals shortly after the pandemic, VI: six months and VII: twelve months follow-up after the pandemic. Themes to be covered in the survey are organization, information, communication across disciplines, education, practical implementation, use of personal protective equipment, daily working conditions and psychosocial aspects. In addition, the study will perform focus group interviews of a sample of health care professionals (nurses, medical doctors, leaders) across Norway to capture a deeper understanding on the working experience at ICUs and ICU cohorts’ units with COVID-19 patients.

Steering committee:
Irene Lie, CCN, PhD, Project leader. Division of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases, Oslo University Hospital
Siv Stafseth, CCN, PhD, Division of Emergencies and Critical Care, Oslo University Hospital
Johan Ræder, MD, PhD, Professor II, Division of Emergencies and Critical Care, Oslo University Hospital/University of Oslo

Type of study: Multicenter cohort and focus group interview study 

Ethics approval: In preparation

Project leader:

Irene Lie

 
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