Mental health outcomes among British healthcare workers: Lessons from the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

Debski, Maciej ORCID:, Abdelaziz, Hesham K., Sanderson, Jo, Wild, Susan, Assaf, Omar, Wiper, Andrew, Nabi, Amjad, Abdelrahman, Amr, Eichhofer, Jonas, Skailes, Geraldine, Gardner, Jim, Moynes, Kevin, Goode, Grahame, Pathan, Tayeem, Patel, Billal, Kumar, Somnath, Taylor, Rebecca, Galasko, Gavin, More, Ranjit, Chalil, Shajil and Choudhury, Tawfiq (2021) Mental health outcomes among British healthcare workers: Lessons from the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 63 (8). e549-e555. ISSN 1076-2752

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OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the level of psychological distress, using validated psychology tools, among British National healthcare workers (HCW) during the first wave of the Covid-19 crisis. METHODS: A multi-centre, anonymized, all-comer staff survey across 3 hospitals in Lancashire, England during the Covid-19 first wave (April to June 2020), consisting of Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10), Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), and Impact of Events Scale (IES-6). RESULTS: Among 1113 HCW, median (IQR) PHQ-9, GAD-7, PSS-10, and IES-6 score was 7 (3 to 11), 6 (3 to 11), 19 (13 to 24), and 9 (5 to 14), respectively. Potential predictors of higher levels of psychological distress included living alone, disabled dependents, history of depression/anxiety, and being female. CONCLUSIONS: The study indicates a high prevalence of psychological distress during the acute Covid-19 period among HCW, identifies groups at risk and areas of future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public health, environmental and occupational health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 00:59
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:54
DOI: 10.1097/jom.0000000000002279

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