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Factors associated with mental health outcomes among medical residents exposed to COVID-19

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submitted on 2023-03-15, 11:52 and posted on 2023-07-13, 08:00 authored by Mohamed Adil Shah Khoodoruth, Saleem Khaldoon Al-Nuaimi, Zerak Al-Salihy, Adeel Ghaffar, Widaad Nuzhah Chut-kai Khoodoruth, Sami Ouanes

Background

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused challenges for healthcare systems worldwide. Recent data indicates that the psychological impact has differed with respect to occupation. In many countries, medical residents have been on the front line of this pandemic. However, data on the psychological impact of infectious disease outbreaks, and COVID-19 in particular, on medical residents are relatively lacking.

Aims

The aim of our study was to assess the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical residents working on the front and second line.

Method

An electronic survey was sent to all medical residents in Qatar. Depression, anxiety and stress were assessed by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale – 21 Items. Professional quality of life was measured by the Professional Quality of Life measure.

Results

Of the 640 medical residents contacted, 127 (20%) responded. A considerable proportion of residents reported symptoms of depression (42.5%), anxiety (41.7%) and stress (30.7%). Multivariate analysis of variance showed significant effects of seniority in residency, with junior residents having poorer outcomes. In addition, there was a statistically significant interaction effect with moderate effect sizes between gender and working on the front line, as well as gender, working on the front line and seniority, on mental health outcomes.

Conclusions

The COVID-19 pandemic may have a negative impact on junior residents’ mental health. Preventive measures to reduce stress levels and easy access to professional mental health services are crucial.

Other information

Published in: BJPsych Open
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
See article on publisher's website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2021.12

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  • English

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Cambridge University Press

Publication Year

  • 2021

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Rumailah Hospital - HMC
  • Communicable Disease Center - HMC

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