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Primary survey: Highlights from this issue
  1. Richard Body1,2
  1. 1 Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Department, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Richard Body, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; richard.body{at}

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Welcome to the February 2023 issue of the Emergency Medicine Journal. This issue is brimming with collections of complimentary articles that promise to enrich your daily clinical practice.

The psychological impact of COVID-19 on our workforce

The early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic were scary for all of us. We had the unprecedented national lockdowns, the fear of an unknown and lethal infection and (for those of us working in Emergency Departments) the challenge of treating so many seriously unwell patients amid so much uncertainty about how to do it.

In this issue, we have three papers exploring the psychological impact of the pandemic on emergency physicians. We have two qualitative analyses of semi-structured interview data: one from Canada and one from the United States. The Canadian piece reports on the psychological impact between March and September 2020, a time when prevalence was still low in Canada but there was of course a growing global pandemic in progress. The US piece focused on the …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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