Stress and depressed mood in healthcare workers during COVID-19 outbreak

  • เอกลักษณ์ แสงศิริรักษ์ กลุ่มงานจิตเวช โรงพยาบาลสุรินทร์
Keywords: COVID-19, stress, depression, healthcare workers


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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แสงศิริรักษ์เ. (2021). Stress and depressed mood in healthcare workers during COVID-19 outbreak. ournal of the sychiatric ssociation of hailand, 65(4), 401-408. etrieved from