Document Type : Original Article
Phd of Counseling, Department of Counseling, Faculty of Humanities, Hazrat-e Masoumeh University, Qom, Iran
Phd of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
Msc of Clinical Psychology, Department of clinical psychology, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
PhD, LMFT, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and System Wide Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University, California, USA
Introduction: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Iran is part of the worldwide pandemic of the COVID-19 caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus. The present study has aimed to identify, through a qualitative methodology, the lived experiences of the Health Care Workers (HCWs) who are the most important group to keep others safe, alive, and healthy in the COVID-19 patients' ward in Iran.
Method: A conventional content analysis method was conducted on 11 HCWs involved with COVID-19 patients by purposeful sampling. Their experiences were explored through in-depth semi structured interviews.
Results: The conventional content analysis revealed five themes: 1- Experiencing psychological distress without sufficient psychological services; 2- Experiencing multiple stressors that gradually reduced; 3- Using coping skills; 4- Family and public support; 5- Media, Medical Community, and Government Officials role
Conclusion: It can be concluded that HCWs need bio-psycho-social-spiritual protection from family, public, media, officials and government.