The Impact of Stress and Burnout on the Quality of Life of Healthcare Workers within the Covid-19 Pandemic


  • Renata Ros University hospital of Rijeka
  • Josip Brusić



COVID19, quality of life, mental health, burnout, health personnel


Background: The quality of an individual's life consists of the harmony of physical and mental health, which is influenced by working and material conditions and the social environment. Healthcare professionals face a lot of pressure caused by workload. Psychological pressure, lack of health personnel, and shift and overtime work lead to stress and burnout syndrome.

Aim: This paper examines the impact of stress and burnout on the quality of life of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted with 105 subjects who worked at the COVID wards at the COVID-19 Respiratory Centre of the University Hospital Centre Rijeka.

Results: This research shows that healthcare workers developed symptoms of stress and experienced a high degree of burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. A small number of healthcare professionals also experienced a worse quality of life.

Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic put health workers under tremendous psychological pressure. In addition to numerous challenges such as work overload, long working hours, and impacts to work organization; health professionals had to deal with fear, uncertainty, high mortality rates, and the increased use of protective equipment. This impacted the quality of life for at least a small number of health workers.




How to Cite

Ros, R., & Brusić, J. (2024). The Impact of Stress and Burnout on the Quality of Life of Healthcare Workers within the Covid-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Critical Care, 18(1), 5–17.

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