Topic: Disasters, terror and stress management

Stress responses and health complaints in hospital personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Covid-19-pandemic is putting a heavy toll on already highly pressured healthcare systems worldwide. In response to the crisis, there is an urgent need to identify measures to adequately support critical personnel`s efforts and safeguard their physical and psychological health and well-being.

2020 This project is ongoing 2025

Project Manager

Project Members

Main objective

The overall project objectives of this study is to map and monitor exposure to trauma, stress,
emerging psychological and somatic reactions among health workers in hospital wards and intensive
care units over time with the aim to identify measures that must be addressed to safeguard the wellbeing of healthcare personnel


The study recruits health care personnel involved in treatment of hospitalized
patients infected of Covid-19 in different hospital units in four regional
university hospital in Norway. Participants report on Covid-19 work strain
and critical incidents at work, individual and work place related factors,
work schedules, levels of psychological distress and health complaints
including headache, musculoskeletal pain, sleep problems and burn-out.