Comparing midwives’ problematic substance both before and 1-year following the first COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom

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Problematic substance use (PSU) by midwives poses significant risk yet remains stigmatised and under researched whilst barriers to help seeking remain. A survey administered prior to the first COVID-19 lockdown was completed by 623 self-selecting UK midwives. Our tool consisted of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medications, and Substance Use/Misuse (TAPS) Tool, and the Perceptions of Nursing Impairment Inventory (PNII). A post lockdown tool administered 1 year later again used the TAPS tool along with the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 12-Item Health Survey (SF-12v12), the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES-9) and the 3-item intention to leave nursing scale. Both tools also invited open-ended questions. Prior to the first lockdown, 28.3% self-reported PSU. Whilst 11.4% had sought help, 26.7% felt they should seek support but did not. Here, full pre/post lockdown findings will be presented comparatively.
Period17 Mar 202218 Mar 2022
Event titleInternational Practitioner Health Summit 2022: The Wounded Healer
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational