The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on the Healthcare Workers

  • Mohamed Berra Department of Emergency Medicine, Benguerir Hospital, Benguerir 43150, Morocco
  • Amine Fikry Burn center Ibn Rochd University Hospital, 1 rue des hopitaux, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
  • Sara Esseddiki Department of Pediatrics Ibn Rochd University Hospital, 1 rue des hopitaux, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare workers, lifestyle habits, physical and psychological symptoms, psychological impact, sources of information

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major psychological impact on the healthcare workers (HCWs). The purpose of the study was to investigate and analyze the extent of this impact, the measures taken to address it, and to offer a set of healthy lifestyle habits to deal with the difficulties posed by the pandemic. The data was collected through an electronic questionnaire, which targeted doctors and nurses in the public and private sectors, throughout the country. The results of our study showed an increased vulnerability in women. Also, the large flow of new and often contradictory information has had an anxiety-provoking effect on our subjects. It is worth noting that, only a minority of them received the necessary psychological support, and therefore the need for psychological support is mandatory in crisis situations. The study also highlighted the physical and psychological symptoms reported by our subjects and the importance of implementing proper lifestyle habits in order to maintain psychological balance. Our study was carried out on a small sample and the containment measures represent its major limits. Other larger studies may provide more insight.

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