An analysis of 65 studies confirmed the open secrets of this pandemic. During the medical crisis, one in five medical professionals worldwide suffers from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder; this proportion is high compared to the general population.
This Pandemic It poses a huge challenge to workers in the healthcare industry. In addition to facing heavy workload and limited psychological support, many people also worry about their safety.
So far, many articles have revealed Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) During this period Coronavirus disease In this collective. However, these comments did not involve many studies conducted in China, which is the first outbreak of the disease.
One New comment By researchers from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) has analyzed 65 studies on this matter, 21 countries worldwide.Experts searched for articles written in English and Chinese between December 2019 and August 2020, and explored the prevalence of mental disorders in China 97,333 health workers.
He explained to SINC: “This review provides the most complete comprehensive information on the prevalence of depression, anxiety and PTSD among healthcare workers during the covid-19 pandemic, including publications in both Chinese and English.” Nathaniel Scherer, One of the authors. “We have confirmed that this group is currently experiencing severe symptoms of mental illness.”
The results are published in the latest issue of the magazine One number pass,show One in five professionals Experienced depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder during the current health crisis. Specifically, depression accounted for 21.7%, anxiety accounted for 22.1%, and post-traumatic stress disorder accounted for 21.5%. It should be noted that studies conducted in the Middle East show that depression and anxiety have the highest incidence (34.6%) and anxiety (28.9%).
“Using these figures as a background, the World Health Organization (Who) It is estimated that in normal times, the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders around the world, including PTSD, is about 4%,” Scherer added.
How to support health workers
This Mental Health All the health professionals who responded to covid-19 have expressed concern about this. The researchers said: “The new findings can help formulate policies and plans to provide health professionals with much-needed psychological support.”
However, in order to solve these problems, it is also important to understand the root cause. Will a heavy workload cause stress, fatigue and burnout? Are you afraid of contracting this disease? Is this time to be away from loved ones?
“There may be many aspects that contribute to the exacerbation of these symptoms, but when we look at the prevalence, this study cannot explore them. Scherer emphasized. “Therefore, we will work with health personnel. “
Therefore, the author insists that it is essential to listen to the opinions of professionals and respond to their needs. “Otherwise, these high interest rates may last for a long time, even beyond the end of the pandemic. This is not what anyone wants. He concluded: “There must be a quick and decisive response to support a tireless effort to help others. team. “
Li Y, Scherer N, Felix L, Kuper H (2021). Prevalence of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Number one 16(3): e0246454.