Mental health problems in doctors fighting Covid-19

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Mental health problems,  among young doctors on the front line in the fight against  Covid-19  such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal thoughts have been revealed in a study prepared by a team of doctors and scientists.

In the study, 274 interns and 243 residents participated, out of an estimated 1,205 interns and residents in the country, and a prevalence of 25.3% of depression, 13.7% of anxiety, 12.2% of post-traumatic stress and 9.3% of suicidal thoughts.

The study was prepared by Edward Espinosa Guerra and Edgar Rodríguez Barría, doctors from the Residency Program of the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Complex together with Jean-Paul Carrera, epidemiologist and virologist from the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (Icges), and Christl A. Donnelly, professor at Imperial College London, in the United Kingdom, between July 23 and August 13, 2020, in the 10 provinces of the country.

The average age of the participants is 27.9 years.

Jean-Paul Carrera, the senior author of the study, explained that the data were obtained through a questionnaire - applied digitally - with scales that allowed evaluating anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress.

In addition, in the sampling period, sociodemographic variables, medical history of mental disorders, and exposure to the Covid-19 disease were analyzed, explained the Gorgas scientist.

The study found prevalence rates comparatively similar to those of already documented investigations of health personnel in the Netherlands and Italy, but lower than those found during the pandemic in China.

Carrera said that it is clear that the pandemic has caused an increase in the prevalence of mental health disorders in the world population, and health workers do not escape this reality, so it is necessary to know the factors that influence these findings, evaluating the association or not of this result with mental health in order to carry out a comprehensive approach to support those who are on the front line.

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Oh ya

Their moto is do no harm. We're they tell their patients about vit c vit d and the other proven treatments? Not likely. So why should we give a rats ass about them

16 days ago

I anticipated that attack dog Hogan would be here to denounce the doctors who worked up t 16 hours a day fighting to save their patients only to watch them die. May God forgive you

17 days ago

Did any of these “depressed” doctors get their heads together and start thinking how they might begin universal good outpatient and preventative care thru education and therapies that work in “real” doctors’ hands in other countries to prevent hospitalization and death from Covid? Probably not; too much brain juice and balls needed to overcome thought stagnation — easier to go along (with the medical cabal) to get along.

17 days ago

And what of the rest of us who had to endure restrictive government policies? Or those who lost their jobs, their businesses? And how do you think we might mentally respond if we choose no to vaccines being treated to a state of apartheid? I guess we don’t matter.

17 days ago
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