Development of an Evidence-Informed Solution to Emotional Distress in PSPs and HCWs: The Social Support, Tracking Distress, Education, and Discussion Community (STEADY) Program

The Social Support, Tracking Distress, Education, and Discussion Community (STEADY) Program was developed to cover knowledge translation and implementation science frameworks to include all evidence-informed elements of post-traumatic stress prevention. This paper reports on the narrative literature review that framed the development of the STEADY framework and introduces its key elements.

Implementing the STEADY Wellness Program to Support Healthcare Workers throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief report describes implementation of the STEADY program and identified the importance of more frequent,
shorter contact with HCWs that occurred in-person, with an emphasis on peer support. A
flexible approach with strong support from hospital leadership were key facilitators. Findings
suggest that a flexible approach to practical program implementation, theoretically underpinned in
best-practices, can result in an acceptable program that promotes increased HCW wellbeing during
a pandemic.

STEADY – Supporting Each Other

The STEADY staff wellness program was developed based on the available literature and input from stakeholders, guided by the Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) Implementation Science Framework. This infographic provides guidance to support staff through difficult situations by specifically outlining strategies to try and those to avoid.

STEADY – Managing Distress

This infographic from the STEADY Wellness Program offers valuable insights into managing stress, providing quick and helpful information about the importance of self-care, how to cope with difficult situations, and increasing coping self-efficacy.

The Impact of Prolonged Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use on Canadian Health Professionals

Click to learn more about how the prolonged use of Personal Protective Equipment impacts a sample of Canadian Health Professionals. Considerations are given to pressure-related sores, skin irritations, and the negative mental health impacts of prolonged PPE use. Practical recommendations are also provided for health professionals, organisational leadership, and manufacturers of PPE.