Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health of Physicians in Baghdad, Iraq
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2022, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 134-137
Healthcare professionals are vulnerable to adverse mental health consequences explained by their working in close contacts with COVID-19 patients. Publication on mental health of healthcare professional in Iraq is scarce.
To comment on mental health disorders among healthcare professional dealing with COVID-19 patients.
A total of 100 healthcare professionals were included in the study. They were selected conveniently. Hospital anxiety and depression scale was used. Data collected by a physician.
The age of participants was 35.5 ± 8.7 years with a male to female ratio of 1.7:1. Of the participants, 63% got COVID-19. Anxiety and depression rates were 80% and 64%, respectively. Age, sex, and job titles were not significantly associated with anxiety or depression (p = 0.5, 0.8 and 0.7, respectively).
High rates of anxiety and depression among healthcare professionals
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