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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 196-202

Mental health outcome and professional quality of life among healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic: A frontline-COVID survey

1 Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Transplant, NIMS University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India
2 Department of Pharmacy Practice, NIMS University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

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Supriya Suman
Department of Pharmacy Practice, NIMS University, Rajasthan, Jaipur
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/HMJ.HMJ_53_20

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Background: Healthcare workers are under substantial level of negative health outcomes due to risk of exposure, workload and moral dilemmas when India is on upsurge of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) cases. Since there is a scare of research on this issue from India, we decided to conduct online survey to evaluate psychological impact and quality of life. Methods: From 25 May to 10 June 2020, a web-based Frontline-COVID survey was conducted. Feeling-related questions, Impact of Event Scale-Revised, Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) and Professional Quality of life were administered among healthcare workers from different departments. Results: Among the respondents, 218 (52.1%) belong from low-risk unit and 200 (47.9%) from the 'high-risk unit' including higher proportion of nurses 191 (45.7%), female 282 (67.5%), aged 31–40 years (48.3%) and married 220 (52.6%). Overall female nurses, doctors and working in emergency unit had a greater proportion of psychological distress. Middle aged (31–40 years) had a higher level of resilience contrast to this; working in COVID-19 unit was associated with a lower scale of resilience. Resilience and QoL were an important predictor for psychological distress. Conclusion: Results implicate interventions for stress management and social support among medical staff working in the pandemic. Need for systematic and longitudinal assessment for holistic strategies by policy makers targeting resilience and training for public health emergency.

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