The Professional Peer Resilience Initiative


The Professional Peer Resilience Initiative (PPRI) study is an observational study aimed at understanding how symptoms of traumatic stress and resilience evolve over time in the University of Minnesota (UMN) healthcare workforce during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The study is being conducted concurrently with a UMN peer support program called the MinnRAP program and will remotely administer quality of life and mental health surveys to healthcare workers before they start the MinnRAP program and throughout their participation in the program.

Full Title of Study: “The Professional Peer Resilience Initiative: Leveraging a Data-Driven Model to Maximize the Resilience of Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: May 25, 2022


  • Behavioral: MinnRAP Peer Support Program
    • The behavioral intervention consists of 1) pairing healthcare workers into “Battle Buddies” who maintain daily dialogue to detect stress and anxiety and 2) assigning a mental health consultant to each department to facilitate Battle Buddies and provide both small group sessions and individual psychological triage/referrals.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Healthcare Workers Already Starting Peer Support Program
  • Healthcare Workers Starting Peer Support Program Later

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Change in professional quality of life
    • Time Frame: Before peer support program, through study completion (an average of 7 months)
    • Professional Quality of Life Questionnaire (proQOL): min score of 10; max score of 50; higher scores mean worse outcome

Secondary Measures

  • Change in mental health symptoms and resilience markers
    • Time Frame: Before peer support program, through study completion (an average of 7 months)
    • Stress Risk & Resilience Self-Index: min score 0; max score of 12; higher scores mean worse outcome

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Healthcare workers (HCWs) and mental health consultants (MHCs) in UMN medical school departments

Exclusion Criteria

  • None

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • University of Minnesota
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Cristina S Albott, MD, Principal Investigator, University of Minnesota
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Sey Lee, BS, 612-367-6867,

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