Survey: Pandemic Triggers Mental Burden of Health Workers

Survey: Pandemic Triggers Mental Burden of Health Workers

Scientific findings have revealed that health workers are three times more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general public. Not only that, during the pandemic, health care staff also have their own mental burdens.

An increase in the frequency of work amid a surge in Covid-19 cases accompanied by a mental burden has the potential to cause stress and anxiety, even traumatic events. Mainly, the health workers who are members of the management of the intensive care unit.

A previous study in 2007 had revealed a high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among nursing staff in intensive care units. Given the high death rate of Covid-19 patients with the scale of severe cases, there is no doubt that the mental burden is increasing.

A team from the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Imperial College, London, England, initiated a recent online survey in this regard. Researchers are working to gain a better understanding of the mental health burden of healthcare workers.

The aim was to determine the prevalence indices of depression, insomnia, and PTSD. The poll was conducted on healthcare professionals working in intensive care units in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Egypt, Taiwan and China.