TRS.20.020 – Resilience in COVID-19 Care Project (RECCAP): Zorg voor zorgprofessionals met de Digital Stress Buddy

Route: Towards resilient societies

Cluster question: 049 How can we ensure that our labour force and labour-market organisations remain robust and resilient as they face the challenges of the 21st century?

The COVID-19 outbreak poses a challenge for health care professionals due to a surge in care demands, overwork, fear of contagion and concerns on the availability of protective equipment, and coping with distress of patients and their families. Health organizations should monitor and prioritize well-being of their professionals to warrantee a resilient health care.
The aim of this study is to monitor trajectories and predictors of stress-related symptoms among health care professionals during and after COVID-19 waves. Also, we will focus on differences in stress and resilience between intramural vs extramural care or between different regions.
A mobile app is a low-key instrument to make psychological assessments available to all health care professionals and tailor future interventions based on work setting. To that end we developed the Stress Buddy app, a joint effort of the LUMC, ARQ, The National eHealth Living Lab (NeLL) and ORTEC BV technologies. The app is already being used in hospitals (LUMC, UMCG), and will be implemented in a near future in primary care (Leids Eerstelijns Onderzoeks Netwerk (LEON)), and nursing homes (Netwerk Verpleeghuizen Zuid-Holland).
We expect a high prevalence of mental health problems among health care professionals, especially in the aftermath of the crisis. Also, that risk factors as overwork, low perceived support, less years of experience, and fear of contagion will contribute to stress. A higher prevalence of stress is expected in extramural settings and in regions that have been more heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Stress Buddy will be primarily used during the COVID-19 pandemic, but is easily implemented in other stress-related circumstances to monitor stress- and resilience.


COVID-19, health care professionals, resilience

Other organisations

ARQ Nationaal Psychotrauma Centrum, National eHealth Living Lab (NeLL) and ORTEC BV technologies


Organisation LUMC
Name Dr. N. (Nathaly) Rius Ottenheim