Psychological and mental health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in China: A review

Cai, Carla Zi and Lin, Yu-Lan and Hu, Zhi-Jian and Wong, Li Ping (2021) Psychological and mental health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in China: A review. World Journal of Psychiatry, 11 (7). pp. 337-346. ISSN 2220-3206, DOI

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The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has put healthcare workers in an unprecedented situation, increasing their psychological and mental health distress. Much research has focused on the issues surrounding anxiety, depression, and stress among healthcare workers. The consequences of mental health problems on healthcare workers' physical health, health-compromising behaviours, suicide ideation, family relationships, and job satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic are not well studied. Enhanced psychological stress has known effects on an individual's physical health. In healthcare workers with pre-existing comorbidities, psychological stressors may exacerbate their current health problems. Healthcare professionals are known to have a high risk of substance use, hence they may be at risk of development of substance use addiction or vulnerable to addiction relapse. Frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers are being pushed above and beyond their limits, possibly resulting in suicidal tendencies. Furthermore, the burden of high workload and burnout may also have serious manifestations in relationships with family and an intention to quit their jobs. Future studies should explore the above-mentioned deleterious consequences to provide insight into the development of mental healthcare strategies to combat the psychological impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers during the COVID-19 emergency. It is imperative to employ strategies to care for and policies to protect the psychological well-being of healthcare workers.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Pilot Project of the Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology (2020Y0005)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological; Mental health; COVID-19; Healthcare workers; China
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 04:40
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 04:40

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