EMDR in telemental health counseling for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients: A pilot study

Description

Background:
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on health systems around the world. Healthcare workers, on the front lines of the epidemic, are facing major and potentially traumatic stressful events, overwhelming their ability to cope and their resources.

Objective:
The objective of this article will be to show how the use of the URG-EMDR protocol in a telemental health setting has proven to be feasible and effective in the treatment of a group of healthcare professionals working in nursing homes or hospital services that were highly mobilized during the acute phase of COVID-19.

Method: 
17 participants, registered nurses (N = 7) and licensed practical nurses (N = 10), were remotely treated using the URG-EMDR protocol in a single session. The assessment focused on anxiety and depressive symptoms (HAD scale) and the level of perceived disturbance (SUD). An additional evaluation of the satisfaction with the remote psychotherapy intervention was conducted.

Results:
As the URG-EMDR protocol has already proven itself during emergency interventions, it is interesting to note that its remote use in the treatment of healthcare providers caring for COVID-19 patients allows for an improvement in the emotional state and a decrease in perceived disturbance, in a single session. This result is maintained 1 week after the intervention, despite the continued professional activities of the participants and the continuity of the event. Moreover, the remote therapy setting was judged satisfactory by the patients, even if it required adjustments and certain recommendations for practice.

Discussion: 
The remote use of the URG-EMDR protocol opens up innovative perspectives for early interventions and the prevention of the development of psychological disorders in the long term following a situation of acute stress.

Format

Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Cyril Tarquinio
Marie-Jo Brennstuhl
Jenny Ann Rydberg
Fanny Bassan
Lydia Peter
Camille Louise Tarquinio
Yann Auxéméry
Christine Rotonda
Pascale Tarquinio

Original Work Citation

Tarquinio, C., Brennstuhl, M.-J., Rydberg, J., Bassan, F., Peter, L. Tarquiniio, C. L., Auxéméry, Y., Rotonda, C., & Tarquinio, P. (2020, October). EMDR in telemental health counseling for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients: A pilot study. Journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing. doi:10.1080/01612840.2020.1818014

Collection

Citation

“EMDR in telemental health counseling for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients: A pilot study,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed May 14, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26609.

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