In this cohort profile published in BMJ Open, a CITF-funded study reported on the establishment of a longitudinal cohort of health care workers (HCWs) employed in hospitals, residential institutions, and the community.
SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels increased in Canadian healthcare workers with each vaccine dose, but this waned over time
A CITF-funded study among Canadian healthcare workers, published in preprint and not yet peer-reviewed, found that SARS-CoV-2 anti-receptor binding domain (RBD) IgG levels increased following each COVID-19 vaccine dose and after the first SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Healthcare workers had higher incidences of SARS-CoV-2 infection and mental health conditions compared to the general population
A CITF-funded study, published in preprint and not yet peer-reviewed, found that healthcare workers (HCW) in Alberta had a higher incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and of mental health issues compared to community members (referents) seen in pre-pandemic physician consultations who were matched on gender, age, and geographic location. Excess infection was most notable early in the pandemic and during the fifth (Omicron) wave.
A CITF-funded study, published in the Journal of Occupation and Environmental Medicine, found that Canadian healthcare workers who had a positive SARS-CoV-2 test and were vaccinated against COVID-19 were less absent from work.
A CITF-funded study, published in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, found that the COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome scale (C-19ASS) is a valid and reliable instrument to measure COVID-19-related anxiety among Canadian dentists, whether used in English or French.
A CITF-funded study, published in preprint and not yet peer-reviewed, reported on the establishment of a longitudinal cohort of health care workers (HCWs) employed in hospitals, residential institutions, and the community. Researchers used the cohort to examine factors in the workplace that might serve to mitigate risk of either SARS-CoV-2 infection or mental distress related to work demands, availability of personal protective equipment, vaccination, and infection during the pandemic.
A CITF-funded study published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology suggests that despite a high risk of exposure because of their face-to-face teaching requirements, very few students in healthcare programs caught SARS-CoV-2 during the first three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A CITF-funded study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine looked at the risk of infection among healthcare workers (HCW). It found that unvaccinated HCW who came into direct contact with patients with COVID-19 on a ward designated for care of infected patients, or who handled objects used by infected patients were at elevated risk.
A CITF-funded study published in BMC Health Services Research, showed that Canadian dental hygienists identified conflicting messaging from regulators and guideline interpretations as stressors impacting their professional practice and satisfaction in December 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Omicron wave caused a much higher number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in healthcare personnel than previous waves of pandemic activity. Group activities and those working in close proximity with other people also experienced increased the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection.