Like many front-line caregivers, a few months after the start of the epidemic, Sophie and Charlotte are gradually showing symptoms of discomfort. In great pain, unable to work, Sophie and Charlotte have to stop for two months. They suffer from burnout. They are in burnout.
Study to assess the effectiveness of EMDR
A research protocol, initiated by a team from Tours, is to assess the psychological impact of the health crisis on caregivers who have experienced it from the inside. Professional exhaustion, depression, post-traumatic stress … Online questionnaires allow a diagnosis to be made. They must be completed by the caregivers included in the study, every 3 months, for 1 year. “
For people with the most severe symptoms, some of these people are offered treatment with EMDR therapy which is adapted to stressful situations, which has proven to be somewhat effective in helping to manage the disease. stress, aid in the regulation of emotions, anxiety, depressive symptoms ” details Prof. Wissam El-Hage, Psychiatrist and national coordinator of the Hard Covid-19 study at the CHRU in Tours (37).
Among caregivers with severe symptoms, one group will benefit from 12 supported EMDR therapy sessions. In the other group, patients will have the follow-up of their choice. The study should make it possible to say whether EMDR, a short therapy, is more effective than the others. Results that could be used to better prevent psychological support for health professionals.