Staying Strong – Building resilience in pharmacy
Pharmacy teams have been on the frontline throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and that has had a significant impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Whilst challenging, could this unprecedented time act as a catalyst for them to build further mental resilience?
The pressure of being a pharmacist has long been known. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental resilience of pharmacists was at an all-time low, with many at increased risk of burnout from stress and anxiety.
Pre-pandemic data reveals:
- 75% of US pharmacist experienced burnout, while 11% of Italian community pharmacists had clinically relevant burnout levels1-3
- In China, 87% of pharmacists had burnout indicators4
- Some 58% of UK pharmacists found their job stressful and up to 1 in 6 expected to quit within the next five years.5
It is fair to say that COVID-19 exacerbated mental health concerns in pharmacy. 83% of UK pharmacists reported high stress levels during the pandemic and almost 9 out of 10 were at high risk of burnout.6,7 In France, 17% of pharmacists have also experienced post-traumatic symptoms since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.8
Natural fears over contracting the coronavirus (more than 6 out of 10 Canadian pharmacists were concerned about their/their staff’s safety during the pandemic9) heightened stresses even further.
We believe that recognising and acknowledging the mental health impact of COVID-19 on pharmacists’ mental wellbeing can act as a catalyst for change, and that even simple everyday adjustments can help build mental resilience and support better mental health.
“If I’m worried I’m going to get sick, there’s no way I can do my job well, and there’s no way I’m going to do the million extra things pharmacists do to help patients. All my energy is being diverted to simply keeping me and my family safe and disease free. That’s no way to run a business” – Canadian pharmacist.10
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