Self-care among healthcare social workers: The impact of COVID-19

J. Jay Miller, Jennifer Reddin Cassar

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For social work practitioners in healthcare settings, self-care can be an integral tool to assuaging stressors associated with COVID-19. However, research that examines the impact of public health crises, such as COVID-19, is nominal, at best. This exploratory study investigated the impact of COVID-19 on the self-care practices of self-identified healthcare social workers (N = 2,460) in one southeastern state. Primary data were collected via an electronic survey and assessed via a retrospective pre/post design. Analyses compared practices before and after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Overall, data suggest that participants experienced significant pre/post decreases in self-care practices across multiple domains. As well, findings indicate that participants who identified as married, financially stable, and working non-remotely, and in good physical/mental health engaged in significantly more self-care practices than other participants, at post. This study underscores the need to foster supportive professional cultures that include developing self-care practice skills, particularly during large-scale crisis, such as COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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  • COVID-19
  • Self-care
  • healthcare
  • pandemic
  • social Work
  • wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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