Mental Health Essay

Response to Friday Kiara

The summary of the six articles is well-done, brief, and succinct. The six articles focus on one particular area, which is mental health. For example, while the article by Hoseinabadi et al (2020) covers stress factors and burnout among nurses providing care to Covid-19 patients, the article by Pinto et al (2015) is a cross-sectional study that explored trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among firefighters and other workplaces. Similarly, the other four articles also cover various mental effects in the workplace, especially among healthcare workers.

Mental health is a very important aspect among healthcare workers because it affects many important parameters starting with patient care outcomes, patient satisfaction, job commitment, turnover rate, among other important aspects among healthcare providers (Spoorthy et al., 2020). Therefore, this indicates the importance of addressing the issue of mental health among healthcare providers.

However, I would want to point out that the strengths and weaknesses of the articles should also address areas such as the methodology of the study, sample size, selection of the study participants, and how quality was ensured in the selected articles. This is because these are the aspects that affect the quality, reliability, and validity of the research findings (Bakker et al., 2020). Additionally, the reference list of the articles ought to have followed a certain referencing method such as an APA, MLA, Harvard, and such.


Bakker, E. A., Hartman, Y. A., Hopman, M. T., Hopkins, N. D., Graves, L. E., Dunstan, D. W., … & Thijssen, D. H. (2020). Validity and reliability of subjective methods to assess sedentary behavior in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), 1-31.

Spoorthy, M. S., Pratapa, S. K., & Mahant, S. (2020). Mental health problems faced by healthcare workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic-A review. Asian journal of psychiatry, 51, 102119.


Topic 3 DQ 1

Submit a summary of six of your articles on the discussion board. Discuss one strength and one weakness for each of these six articles on why the article may or may not provide sufficient evidence for your practice change.

RESPOND TO KIARA      Re: Topic 3 DQ 1

Article 1: This article shows a cross sectional study to determine the burnout and stress factors of COVID-19 on frontline nurses that directly work with Covid patients and those that do not. They used a questionnaire to determine the health care workers level of stress and burnout with questions about emotional exhaustion, resources, job dissatisfaction and more. One strength to this article is how it shows the emotional and mental effects the pandemic is putting on nurses and the lack of support they are getting from their employment. One weakness it does not talk about the repercussions of pandemic and lifelong effects it can have on them mentally.

-Hoseinabadi, S. T., Kakhki, Samaneh., Teimori, Gholamheidar., Nayyeri, Somayyeh. (2020). Burnout and its influencing factors between frontline nurses and nurses from other wards during the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Iran. Invest in Education Enfermeria. Vol. 38 No. 2. :

Article 2: How firefighters experience traumatic events and their development of posttraumatic stress disorder. A cross sectional study to explore the effects of trauma in the workplace and PTSD. One major strength to this article is how it explains how the person’s interpretation of the traumatic event is responsible for the devolvement of PTSD rather than the traumatic event itself. It gives me direct evidence for my practice change report. On the other hand, it only talks about firefighters and not the effects of Covid on nurses.

-Pinto, J. R., Henriques, P. S., Jongenelen. Ines., Carvalho, Claudia., ´ 2 and Maia C. Angela. (2015). The Strongest Correlates of PTSD for Firefighters: Number, Recency, Frequency, or Perceived Threat of Traumatic Events? Journal of Traumatic Stress. , 28, 434–440. DOI 10.1002/jts

Article 3: The direct results of the pandemic and the mental health of healthcare workers. Main strength is it directly explains the problem in my project, how this pandemic is creating major mental health issues with health care workers and not enough is being done to help them. The article does not talk about how this problem can lead to PTSD in the future which is what I am concluding in my project.

-Gupta, S., & Sahoo, S. (2020). Pandemic and mental health of the front-line healthcare workers: a review and implications in the Indian context amidst COVID-19. General Psychiatry, 33(5), e100284.

Article 4: The levels of post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects it has on loneliness. They used a longitudinal panel to measure pre-event loneliness. This article is great for my project because it explains the different levels of post-traumatic stress disorders but I am not measuring loneliness. Which is what the article is trying to find the effects PTSD as on loneliness. Another thing I can take from this article is how they measured the loneliness in their sample populations. I can take the same method and use it for my project, which is to measure the number of nurses experiencing traumatic events.

-van der Velden, P.G., Pijnappel, B. & van der Meulen, E (2017). Potentially traumatic events have negative and positive effects on loneliness, depending on PTSD-symptom levels: evidence from a population-based prospective comparative study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.) 53:195–206.

Article 5: The article Overstretched and struggling educates readers on the everyday struggles nurses and health care professionals are going through. Short staffing, patient ratios, lack of funding, and patient safety. The article also suggests possible ways to help fix the problem such as investing, more recruitment of nurses, legislation accountability and more.

-Peate, Ian. (2020). Oversteched and Struggling. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 29, No 3. ISSN 0966-0461

Article 6: Last article educates readers on psychological and pharmacological interventions for PTSD following traumatic events. It is a systematic review of the effectiveness of these interventions to manage mental health problems. I found this article helpful because the study shows that PTSD can cause other mental health problems to arise, and there are treatments that work in managing these diseases. I would have like if the study did more of a variety of interventions to see more options, they only used two, psychological verses medications.

– Coventry PA, Meader N, Melton H, Temple M, Dale H, Wright K, et al. (2020) Psychological and pharmacological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid mental health problems following complex traumatic events: Systematic review and component network meta-analysis. PLoS Med 17 (8): e1003262. pmed.1003262

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