Building mental resilience among healthcare professionals during emergencies in Dubai

KEY POINTS:

• The recent COVID 19 outbreak has brought emergency preparedness to the center of government planning.

• Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are among the first responders to this protracted health emergency, which increases their risk of developing mental illness.

• During COVID 19 pandemic, around four percent of all infections were of healthcare professionals.

• Systematic reviews report an increased risk of developing mental illness among healthcare professionals who
undergo quarantine or isolation with a notably higher prevalence of anxiety symptoms and decreased psychological well being.

• The Emirate of Dubai has an average of 3 physicians and 3.6 nurses per 1,000 population and 92% of all healthcare
professionals are expatriates.

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