Anxiety and depression levels of healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic


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Turan M. O. , Yılmaz Demirci N., Ak G., Akçay M. Ş. , Aka Aktürk Ü., Bilaçeroğlu S., ...More

ERS 2021, 5 - 09 September 2021, pp.3565

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Page Numbers: pp.3565
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19), which causes a pandemic in the world, has started to appear in turkey since March 2020. Healthcare workers are at the top of the groups most at risk for covid-19 infection, which can have a negative impact on psychological state.
Objectives: It was aimed to evaluate anxiety and depression levels among healthcare workers.
Methods: this cross-sectional study performed via an online survey in april 2020. Participants answered questions about sociodemographic features, personal views and experiences about covid-19 and the hospital anxiety and depression scale (hads).
Results: A total of 300 healthcare workers, 193 men and 107 women, participated in the survey. According to hads, 44.6% of participants scored above anxiety and 68.2% scored above depression cut-off points. Being younger than 50 and taking care of covid-19 patients in hospitals were independently associated with anxiety risk. Female gender, young age (less than 50) and having comorbidity were independent risk factors for depression.
Conclusion: Healthcare workers were at high risk of anxiety and depression during covid-19 outbreak. For this reason, psychological support should be given, especially to the group with high risk.