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Change in monitoring practices
and nurses well-being 
in COVID-19 context

Principal investigaors

Marie-Eve Poitras,

Jean-Daniel Carrier,

Ariane Girard, Alain Lesage



Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Associated Disorders (RQSHA)

Study setting

Province of Quebec


Nursing practice, Well-being, COVID-19, mental health


of nurses presented anxious or depressive symptoms and 25% of them are under 30 years old.

1 out of 2

nurses have found balancing work and family more difficult during the pandemic.


of them felt that their work was not consistent with their values.


are uncomfortable using virtual care for mental health follow-up.


To respond to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to adapt to the health measures of COVID-19, nurses in Quebec have offered remote monitoring methods to patients (telephone, videoconference). This change in follow-up methods can potentially contribute to maintaining or improving vulnerable people's access to quality mental health-oriented nursing practices. However, the pandemic context requires the rapid adoption of new practices by professionals who are also at risk of suffering the psychological impact of the crisis. Exposure to COVID-19 in the course of their work or the result of public health measures such as school closures on their work-family balance are examples of risks. This could lead nurses to give certain practices used in mental health a more secondary role, despite WHO recommendations. 

What are our goals?

The general objective of this research project is to describe and contextualize the change in the follow-up practices of nurses in Quebec during the COVID-19 period, particularly regarding remote follow-up and mental health-oriented practices. This objective will be achieved by answering the following questions:

1) What changes are seen in using remote monitoring modalities and mental health-oriented practices among nurses in the COVID-19 context?

2) What symptoms of psychological distress are observed in nurses monitoring patients in the context of COVID-19?

3) What are the sociodemographic factors, the characteristics of the practice setting and the symptoms of psychological distress associated with adopting remote monitoring methods or mental health-oriented practices in the context of nursing monitoring?

4) What are the sociodemographic factors, the characteristics of the practice environment and the symptoms of psychological distress associated with nurses' beliefs, attitudes and intentions about remote monitoring modalities or mental health-oriented practices in the framework of nursing follow-up?


A descriptive study of the longitudinal survey type (repeated cross-sectional data collection) is carried out. Study participants are asked to complete an anonymous web questionnaire, accessible by clicking on a hypertext link or copying a URL address on any device with internet access.

What results have we had so far?

Firstly, regarding the nurses' well-being:


and nurses have been reassigned.


do less follow-up of ambulatory clients while being in the same environment.

1 out of 2

of respondents consider remote monitoring generally appropriate for their clientele.


of respondents in mental health consider that their work context is generally compatible with remote monitoring.

Secondly, regarding the changes in practices of outpatient follow-ups:

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