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Anxiety and Depression Survey of Chinese Medical Staff Before and During COVID-19 Defense

6 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2020

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Yan Lv

Hainan Medical University - Department of Neurology

Zhun Zhang

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Psychology

Weijian Zeng

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Respiratory Critical Medicine

Jie Li

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Geriatrics

Xuewen Wang

Wuhan Asian Cardiovascular Hospital - Department of Cardiology

GQ Hailong Luo

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Psychology

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Abstract

The surveyed medical staff were consisted of a total of 8028 doctors and nurses in the front line and second line of the defense of China, who are from mainly 8 provinces including (Guangdong, Hubei, Hainan, Hebei, Beijing, Henan, Jiangxi, and Shanxi provinces). As indicated by the survey, the overall anxiety incidence of the Chinese medical staff was 34.7%, and the mild anxiety incidence was 24.8%. The district distribution of the anxiety incidences was shown in Figure 1 A, the incidence for Wuhan and Hubei are 40%, and the incidence for Guangdong and Hainan were under 40%, several provinces had the incidence over 50%, however, the surveyed subjects’ sample were comparably smaller and should be under be under estimated. The anxiety, depression, and sleep disorder percentages were obviously higher during the defense compared with before. The most significant increase of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorder clustered in the mild grade as shown in Figure 1 B. We could conclude that Chinese medical staff do suffer from the psychology disorders. The consciousness of this problem would lead to the attention and management of side effects.Which should be of note, the basic anxiety, depression, and sleep disorder incidence are also high in Chinese medical staff before defense as shown in Figure 1 B. For Chinese doctors, the patient-doctor contradiction exist and aggregated during 2013-2016, and highlighted in 2019. We still remember the solidarity of Lancet as “protecting Chinese doctors” in December 2019. The Chinese doctors are moving towards in the rain. No matter under the circumstances of the COVID-19 defense or not, Chinese medical staff should be well respected and treated to ease the psychological disorder incidence.

Funding: This work was supported in part by grants from the Fund of National Natural Science Foundation (No.81973018). The funding supported the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. This study was supported by the multicenter and multi-department cooperation.

Declaration of Interest: All of the authors declare no conflict of competing interests.

Ethical Statement: The Research Ethics Committee of Hainan General Hospital approved the study protocol. Participants indicated their agreement to participate in the study via the electronic informed consent included in the survey form.

Suggested Citation

Lv, Yan and Zhang, Zhun and Zeng, Weijian and Li, Jie and Wang, Xuewen and Luo, GQ Hailong, Anxiety and Depression Survey of Chinese Medical Staff Before and During COVID-19 Defense (3/7/2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3551350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3551350

Yan Lv

Hainan Medical University - Department of Neurology ( email )

Haikou
China

Zhun Zhang

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Psychology

China

Weijian Zeng

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Respiratory Critical Medicine

Meizhou
China

Jie Li

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Geriatrics

Meizhou
China

Xuewen Wang

Wuhan Asian Cardiovascular Hospital - Department of Cardiology ( email )

Wuhan
China

GQ Hailong Luo (Contact Author)

Meizhou People's Hospital - Department of Psychology ( email )

China

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