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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1435-1444

The comparison of anxiety and depression levels of resident doctors treating and not treating COVID-19 patients


1 Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
2 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Çiğli Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
3 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Behcet Uz Pediatric Disease and Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
4 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Aslihan Esra Yuksel
Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_1853_21

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Background: Healthcare professionals are exposed to the stress of the pandemic in the highest level and try to cope with the long-term psychological consequences. Aim: This study mainly aimed to compare the anxiety and depression levels of resident doctors (RDs) who cared and did not care for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients at the University Hospital, which has been serving as a pandemic hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak. Subjects and Methods: To proceed with this study, 100 RDs were included this study between March 15 and June 1, 2020. Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to measure the depression levels and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) was used to measure the anxiety levels of the RDs who participated in the study. Results: The analysis of the responses showed that there were 49 RDs treating COVID-19 patients and 51 RDs not treating COVID-19 patients. The proportions of the RDs who had higher PHQ-9 and BAI scores were significantly greater in the RDs treating COVID-19 patients than in those not treating. Conclusion: Our study highlights that front-line RDs have higher levels of anxiety and depression than back-line RDs


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