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CoronaPflege – Psychosocial Burden of Nursing Staff in Geriatric Care Facilities of Brandenburg during the Corona Crisis

Project Overview

Nurses and nursing assistants, especially those involved in geriatric care, are exposed to diverse physical, psychological and emotional burdens. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, such strains have probably worsened. Particularly in the state of Brandenburg, Germany, where the need for nursing staff continues to rise due to the demographic development, it is crucial to identify such factors in order to improve employment conditions. Therefore, we aim to clarify which factors contribute most to the psychosocial burden on nursing staff of geriatric care facilities in Brandenburg during the corona crisis. Nurses and nursing assistants working in geriatric inpatient long-term care facilities in one of four regions of the state of Brandenburg, Germany, are surveyed. CoronaPflege is a project with quantitative and qualitative components. The quantitative part is an anonymous survey that includes socio-demographic information and questions about the care facility, questions about current psychosocial burden at work, the effects of the Corona crisis on various aspects of professional and private life, and stress. In addition, we will conduct interviews in order to get a deeper insight into the effects of the corona crisis on the daily work and life of and nurses and nursing assistants.

Study Design

mixed methods design

Project Keywords

Covid-19, psychosocial burden, nursing, Germany, geriatric care, nursing home

Principal Investigator

Name: Christine

Department or Unit: Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Organization: Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, Brandenburg,Germany

Co-Project Investigators

  • Name: Michael
    Department or Unit: Social and Preventive Medicine
    Organization: University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • Name: Jacob
    Department or Unit: Department of Public Health
    Organization: Brandenburg University of Technology, Senftenberg, Germany
  • Name: Susanne
    Department or Unit: Research Area Services Research and e-Health
    Organization: Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg, Germany

Funding Source


Expected Study Timeline

August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021

Study Design

mixed methods design

Primary Methods of Data Collection

Anonymous survey, interviews

Unit of Analysis

Individuals; rural districts

Study Population(s)

nursing staff

Sample Size


Geographic Focus Area(s)

Germany, federal state of Brandenburg, districts: Brandenburg an der Havel, Potsdam, Prignitz, Oberspreewald-Lausitz

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