Stress and depressed mood in healthcare workers during COVID-19 outbreak
Background: Public healthcare organizations have increased workload due to outbreak of COVID-19. There are panic among peoples. Healthcare workers take risk of infection from patients. This study measures the stress and depression level among healthcare workers to relieve suffering from work.
Method: descriptive cross-sectional study, using ST-5, 9Q scales. Duration from March 2020 to April 2020.
Results: 179 Surin hospital healthcare workers were included, consist of multidisciplinary teams who work associated with COVID-19 from varies department; Cohort ward, Single room, Lab investigation, Disease control, PCC, CEO. Average overtime period is 2.51 ± 2.55 periods per week. Repeated measure 3 times, 2 weeks duration apart. This study reveals that 41.9% got moderate to severe stress in first measurement then down to 36.46%, 25.93% on second and third measurement respectively. The disease control is the most stress department (71%), Cohort ward (70%) and Lab investigation (47.37%)
Conclusion: Healthcare workers who work associated with COVID-19 have more stress and depressed mood than normal population (General population stress 19.5%, depression 0.5%). However, the stress and depression decrease level when repeated measure.
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