Resources are available to help physicians cope with increased levels of
distress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SDSMA wants to
work with physicians to ensure they and other frontline health care
professionals can access news and information in a rapidly changing
environment, including tools to manage their own mental health and
well-being as they continue caring for patients.
Managing Mental Health During COVID-19
Caring for Caregivers
The World Health Organization summarizes mental health considerations for health care workers
and leaders/managers of health facilities to support mental and psychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
-- Details key principles for health care providers and others
concerned with the psychological welfare of the public to follow when
providing help in situations like the COVID-19 outbreak. It also lists
concrete steps health care providers can take to foster social
connections, and support community and individual well-being.
an American Medical Association-preferred app on the topics of
"meditation and mindfulness," is offering a free subscription to
U.S.-based health care professionals for free through 2020 (must have a
National Provider Identifier to redeem subscription). AMA members can
get a free 2-year subscription.
SDSMA member guest column: Physician Advocacy: The Time is Now
by Clarissa Barnes, MD