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‘Start with empathy’: how to shift the jab-hesitant, by psychiatrists

Experts warn that hesitancy is a cause of ‘frustration’ among an exhausted group of health workers

Cape Town bureau chief

Anti-vaxxers are a lost cause, but the vaccine-hesitant can be shifted with an empathetic approach that protects health workers’ mental health.

Writing in the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/13482), a University of Cape Town psychiatry professor said “motivational interviewing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Sl5xzMhKhQ9rAKapeXWwT5gVQtsUXHkT/view)”, which focuses on listening rather than convincing, is ultimately more effective but also heads off stress in medical practitioners.

Jackie Hoare, head of consultation-liaison psychiatry at Groote Schuur Hospital, has previously written in The Lancet (http://www.psychiatry.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/71/Lancet%20letter%20COVID%20mental%20health%20.pdf) about how she and colleague Louise Frenkel worked alongside doctors in the Covid-19 high-care unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, to understand and empathise with their mental health needs during the pandemic...

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