Health Care Professionals’ Experience of PTSD Symptoms While Working During COVID-19 –

COVID19 G 1210962178 1 — Emotional Well-being, Mental Health, Psychiatrists, Psychologists

Providing psychological assistance to wellness care specialists (HCPs) aids facilitate fast social recovery and handle pandemics. Incidence of post-traumatic tension disorder (PTSD) was greater in HCPs — particularly amongst nurses, girls, and married HCPs — working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic than handle group participants, a Turkish study published in The International Journal of Clinical Practice located.

The researchers incorporated nurses and specialists who work in 4 departments for the comply with-up and remedy of patients with suspected and diagnosed COVID-19 in the Van Training and Research Hospital in Van, Turkey. They compared these wellness care workers with handle people who had been patients who had sought care at the infectious illnesses, clinical microbiology and urology outpatient clinics, had not previously had COVID-19, and did not have recognized comorbidities or frequently use drugs.

Participants (348 HCPs and 350 handle people) completed the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI).

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Of the HCPs, 132 (67 physicians, 65 nurses) worked in the suspected patient location (SPA), 147 in the quarantine-remedy units (QTUs), and 69 in the intensive care unit (ICU) for COVID-19 patients. A total of 93 nurses and 123 physicians worked in the final diagnosis location (FDA), which consisted of the QTUs and the ICU.

Symptoms of tension disorder had been noticed in 134 HCP and 44 handle people even though insomnia was noticed in 61 HCP and 45 handle people. Stress disorder symptoms had been greater amongst the HCPs (P &lt.001). Stress disorder symptoms had been noticed in 66 (34.8%) physicians and 68 nurses (43.1%). Insomnia was noticed in 22 (11.6%) physicians and 21 (13.3%) nurses.

Median worth of IES-R was considerably greater amongst the HCP group compared with the handle people (23, 9, respectively, P &lt.001) amongst the nurses compared with the physicians (24, 21, respectively, P =.003) amongst girls compared with males (24,18, respectively, P =.003) amongst married participants compared with single, divorced and widowed people (24, 14.5, respectively, P &lt.001) and amongst these working in the FDA compared with these working in the SPA (24, 13.5, respectively, P &lt.001).

Multivariate logistic regression evaluation identified that nursing ([Odds ratio (OR) 2.55, 95% CI, 1.45–4.46 and P =.001]), getting a lady (OR, 2.74, 95% CI, 1.55–4.86 and P =.001), getting married (OR, 3.65, 95% CI, 1.84– 7.25 and P &lt.001) and working in the FDA (OR, 2.59, 95% CI, 1.40–4.77 and P =.002) had been danger components for tension disorder.

Limitations to the study contain that the Turkish versions of the IES-R and ISI had been used to evaluate the symptoms of PTSD and insomnia. Also, the truth that virtually all of the HCPs working in the hospital in Van had been employed in COVID-19-connected units throughout the outbreak resulted in an inability to evaluate the employees working in the quarantine places to these working outdoors. In addition, the study participants had been composed of only HCPs working in the Van Training and Research Hospital, as a result, findings can not be generalized to other regions.

“The higher rate of PTSD and insomnia symptoms among nurses shows that the nursing profession should receive more attention in terms of both psychological support and in-service training. …If measures are taken early on to address anxiety and psychological stress by providing psychological support and arranging in-service training to increase the awareness and experience of the HCPs, the impacts of the outbreak can be minimized and support can be optimal when combating major future outbreaks,” the study authors stated.


Bulut D, Sayar MS, Koparal B, Bulut EC, Çelik S. Which of us were more affected by the pandemic? The psychiatric impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care professionals in the province where the first quarantine units were established in Turkey. International J of Clin Practice. Published April 17, 2021. doi:10.1111/ijcp.14235

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