HARD COVID-19 Study

For several months, the University Hospital of Tours has embarked on a large-scale survey to assess the psychological state of healthcare workers. It is a research project designed to map their disorders, but also to help them feel better


With almost 1,000 participants, the Hard Covid-19 study is still looking to recruit 2,000 volunteers. All information on how to participate in the study can be found at the following link:

HARD COVID-19 Study

Description of the Study:

  • Title: HARD COVID-19.
  • Principal Investigator: Mélanie Rayez.
  • Coordinating Centre: University Hospital of Tours.
  • Study Population: All healthcare staff in hospitals or residential facilities for the elderly, throughout France and regardless of their status.
  • Design: Participants are integrated into a cohort for one year. During this period, they are asked to answer online questionnaires about their experience with COVID-19 (every 3 months for one year), their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and quality of work life. Once these assessments are completed, the participant will receive information about their scores and their clinical significance, which they can discuss with their GP or study professional, if they wish.
    Secondly, the participant may be selected to participate in a therapeutic study (randomised controlled trial) if they have identified signs of psychological distress. The study will offer psychological intervention in addition to standard routine care.

Objectives of the Study:

Principal Objective: To assess the psychological impact and screen for symptoms of depression, burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder in a sample of health professionals who have gone through the COVID-19 public health emergency.

More about this Study:

Scientific Context: In November, the French establishment launched a cohort study funded by the Ministry of Health to assess the psychological distress of health professionals struggling with the crisis.

Insomnia, irritability, tiredness, anxiety… Many health professionals are affected for a long time by the conditions in which they have worked over the last year. A growing malaise that the teams at Tours University Hospital were able to observe without being able to quantify it.


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