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Psychological Effects of COVID-19 on Hospital Staff: A National Cross-Sectional Survey of China Mainland
20 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2020More...
Objective: This study was aimed to examine the psychological impact of the COVID-2019 outbreak on medical staff in China.
Methods: In February 2020, an online survey was carried out by using a WeChat online survey tool to evaluate the effects of the outbreak on the mental health of medical staff around China.
Results: A total of 11118 medical staff responded the survey. About 4·98% of the respondents reported middle and high levels of anxiety while 13·47% of the respondents reported middle and high levels of depression since the COVID-19 outbreak. Nurses, frontline medical staff and younger medical staff were more likely to have anxiety and depression than physicians, non- frontline medical staff and older medical staff respectively.
Conclusions: Although serious psychological impact of COVID-19 is not so common in the medical staff in China, programs are needed to protect them against the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Funding Statement: This work is supported by The National Key R&D Program of China (2017YFC1104100, 2018YFC2000704). Beijing municipal administration of hospitals climbing talent training program (DFL20150801), Beijing Municipal Administration of Hospitals Incubating Program (PX2018035), and Beijing Municipal Administration of Hospitals’ Youth Program (QML20180804).
Declaration of Interests: None.
Ethics Approval Statement: Ethical approval was obtained from the institutional review board of the Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University.
Keywords: COVID-19, medical staff, anxiety, depression, infectious disease outbreak, China
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