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A call to action for female front-line healthcare workers

  • Roma M. Mehta1,*,
  • Carol S. North2
  • Hetal J. Patel1
  • Rosechelle M. Ruggiero1
  • Traci N. Adams1

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75219, USA

2Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75219, USA

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2024.080 Vol.20,Issue 7,July 2024 pp.5-9

Submitted: 11 January 2024 Accepted: 12 March 2024

Published: 08 July 2024

*Corresponding Author(s): Roma M. Mehta E-mail:


While the pandemic adversely affected healthcare workers (HCWs) regardless of gender, recent studies suggest that female front-line HCWs experienced substantially more deleterious effects of the pandemic compared to their male counterparts, with higher rates of burnout and psychiatric illness. As a result, turnover and decreased productivity have increased disproportionately among female HCWs, which has substantial economic consequences for the healthcare organizations that employ them. Specific interventions that decrease distress, one form of which is burnout, among female HCWs can reduce turnover and increase productivity. In order to support the wellbeing and retention of female front-line HCWs, we propose an action plan to mitigate work- and home-related stressors among women in the intensive care unit.


Covid-19; Intensive care; Front-line healthcare workers; Mental health; Female health care workers; Burnout; Gender disparities; Attrition

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Roma M. Mehta,Carol S. North,Hetal J. Patel,Rosechelle M. Ruggiero,Traci N. Adams. A call to action for female front-line healthcare workers. Signa Vitae. 2024. 20(7);5-9.


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