Psychological Resilience of Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic

Psychol Rep. 2021 Dec;124(6):2567-2586. doi: 10.1177/0033294120965477. Epub 2020 Oct 13.


The COVID-19 pandemic as a public health issue has spread to the rest of the world. Although the wellbeing and emotional resilience of healthcare professionals are key components of continuing healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have been observed in this period to experience serious psychological problems and to be at risk in terms of mental health. Therefore, this study aims to probe psychological resilience of healthcare workers. The findings of this study showed that in order to raise psychological resilience of healthcare professionals working during the COVID-19 pandemic their quality of sleep, positive emotions and life satisfaction need to be enhanced. Psychological resilience levels of healthcare workers in their later years were found to be higher. Doctors constitute the group with the lowest levels of psychological resilience among healthcare workers. The current study is considered to have contributed to the literature in this regard. Primary needs such as sleep which are determinants of quality of life, life satisfaction and psychological resilience should be met.

Keywords: Pandemic; healthcare professionals; life satisfaction; positive and negative affects; psychological resilience.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Quality of Life
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • SARS-CoV-2