The purpose of this study is to identify the knowledge and management skills of health-care workers regarding psychosocial and mental health priorities and needs of individuals with COVID-19.
This is a cross-sectional descriptive study. The data collected conveniently from 101 health-care workers in Jordan directly managing care of individuals with COVID-19.
Health-care workers have moderate-to-high level of knowledge and management skills of psychological distress related to COVID-19; means ranged from 50%–70% agreement and confidence. In general, health-care workers were able to identify mental and psychosocial health needs and priorities at a moderate level. Health-care workers knowledge had a positive and significant correlation with age (r = 0.24, p = 0.012) and years of experience (r = 0.28, p = 0.004), and a significant difference was found in their management between those who are trained on psychological first aids and those who are not (t = −3.11, p = 0.003).
There is a need to train health-care workers to integrate psychosocial and mental health care to manage care psychological distress related to COVID-19.
This study is emphasizing the need for mental health psychosocial support training and in integration. Health-care workers providing care to individuals with COVID-19 are not aware of mental health priorities and needs of their patients. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge adding more understanding about competencies of health-care workers providing care and their preparedness to manage care individuals with COVID-19.
Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Hamdan Mansour, A., Al Shibi, A.N., Khalifeh, A.H. and Hamdan Mansour, L.A. (2020), "Health-care workers’ knowledge and management skills of psychosocial and mental health needs and priorities of individuals with COVID-19", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 135-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-04-2020-0022
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