Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Mental Health of Health Care Workers from a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital of Northern India: A Cross-Sectional Study
Keywords:COVID-19, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Health care workers
Objectives: To assess the prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress (DAS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
among health care workers
Methods: The present study was conducted over a period of six months (June 2020-November 2020) during which mental
health status of health care workers was assessed using semi-structured self-reporting study tool which included two
standardized and validated tools (DASS-21 and IES-R). Sociodemographic profile and occupational history were also
recorded. Health care workers of all categories who gave a written informed consent were recruited using non probability
convenience sampling technique. Minimum sample size required was this study was calculated to be 440, using 4PQ/
L2 where, power was assumed to be 80%, absolute precision of 5%, and P as 50%, after adding non-response rate of 10%.
Data was compiled and analyzed using EpiInfo07 software.
Results: Out of a total of 822 participants included in the study, 12%,13% and 16% were found to have symptoms of
depression, anxiety, and stress with the odds being higher in females. The prevalence of PTSD was 18%. Those with
education above intermediate and directly involved in COVID 19 related work and patient care were found to be at higher
risk of depression, anxiety, stress and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Conclusions: There is a need for a psychological support system for health care workers along with appropriate
administrative action to ensure shift rotation, rest and appropriate working hours. Further, in-depth knowledge of
prevention and control of the disease is necessary.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 Adarshjot Kaur Toor, Preeti Padda, Jasleen Kaur, Sanjeev Mahajan
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.