OBJECTIVE: In order to reduce distress associated with working with COVID-19 patients, several psychological intervention programs for healthcare workers have been developed in Spain . We aimed to describe the main characteristics and components of these programs for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients in Spanish hospitals . MATERIAL AND
METHODS: An online survey was designed to evaluate the main characteristics of psychological intervention programs for healthcare workers during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic .
RESULTS: Valid responses were received from 36 hospitals . Most of these programs offered both in-person and online therapy . The most common aim of these interventions was emotional regulation, which was treated by psychoeducational and cognitive-behavioural techniques in individual interventions . Group interventions mainly used psychoeducation and mindfulness . Only half of the teams that offered in-person interventions received training in the proper use of personal protective equipment .
CONCLUSIONS: Several hospitals in Spain have developed mental health interventions for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, deploying a wide range of therapeutic modalities and techniques . The rapid implementation of these programs during the pandemic suggests that safety may not have received sufficient attention . The planning and development of interventions for healthcare workers during pandemics merits greater attention by national and regional authorities and institutions.