Disasters can lead to significant long-term stress in healthcare workers. Preparing for disaster involves building both organizational and individual resilience. Evidence from the impact of the SARS outbreak on hospital workers can guide approaches to building resilience that range from organizational principles to individual interventions. In this presentation, Dr. Maunder will review interventions that range from low-resource/wide distribution teaching to highly individualized training from the perspective of the pragmatics of their use and the evidence of their effectiveness.
Presenter: Dr. Robert Maunder
Dr. Robert Maunder’s research focusses on stress, resilience and interpersonal determinants of health. He is the lead author on a series of papers documenting the impact of childhood adversity and extraordinary workplace stress, from SARS to critical incidents, on healthcare workers. With Jon Hunter, he is the author of three books, including Love, Fear and Health: How Our Attachment to Others Shapes Health and Health Care. Dr. Maunder is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Head of Research for the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and Interim Director of Brain-Body Integration for U of T’s Medical Psychiatry Alliance.
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