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Healthcare workers face unique physical and psychological risks during pandemics, which include the development of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use disorders. There is a significant lack of information regarding evidence-based effective treatments that can be provided during pandemics. The author discusses currently available literature on this topic, including a review of unique stressors in healthcare workers and the implementation psychological first aid.
The healthcare community should be highly aware of the psychological toll of pandemics, and screening, triage, and referral for healthcare workers is emergently needed before it is too late.
– Kolene Bailey, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Frontline medical workers are at risk of not just adverse physicaloutcomes from coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) butpsychological ones too.1 Data from previous pandemics,particularly after quarantine, suggest that healthcare workersmight develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder,depression, and substance use disorders.2 Preliminary data fromChina and Italy during the covid-19 pandemic offer furtherevidence; healthcare workers in China reported depression (in 50.3%), anxiety (44.6%), and insomnia (34.0%). 3,4