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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 305-308

Psychological resilience of COVID-19 frontline warriors: Need of the hour


Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. D Vinoth Gnana Chellaiyan
D, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_121_20

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Background: Amid the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, risk of infection from patients, isolation, and other factors are taking its toll on the mental health status of the healthcare professionals. The frontline health workers in the COVID-19 pandemic are undergoing psychological turbulence handling the corona situation. Objectives: The present study assessed the self-reported mental health status of healthcare professionals and studied their perspectives of COVID-19 control. Materials and Methods: A descriptive study was conducted among healthcare professionals in India using a web-based online questionnaire. A total of 152 participants took part in the survey in April 2020. Self-reported mental health status was assessed using the DASS-21 scale. Mann–Whitney and Chi-square tests were applied. Results: The overall prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress was 13.82%, 8.55%, and 23.68%, respectively. A higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress was found in the frontline workers subgroup. The median (interquartile range) scores of frontline workers for depression, anxiety, and stress were 6 (10.5), 6 (8), and 10 (10), respectively. Fifty percent of the participants responded that quarantine and isolation was the best method for control of COVID-19 in Indian setting. Conclusion: The psychological disturbance was found among frontline health workers involved in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19. Psychological debriefing and regular mental status evaluation in addition to psychological counseling may be indispensable.


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