Sleep disturbance and psychological distress among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic in South India - A questionnaire-based survey
E.V Deepasree Varier, Febin Joseph, Fousiya, Nikita Pandey, Gayathri. s, Dr.Gitanjali Natarajan, Dr.(col)Vishal Marwaha, Greeshma C Ravindran
Anxiety, COVID 19, Depression, Healthcare workers, Psychological distress, Sleep, Stress
Novel corona virus (COVID-19) reported in December 2019 affects humans both psychologically as well as physically. There had been very few studies that were conducted on its psychological effect and sleep disturbances caused on those medical health workers who work as frontline workers outside India. Primary Objective: To study the relationship between sleep disturbances and psychological distress among frontline medical health workers. Secondary Objective: To assess the sleep disturbance among the frontline health workers and the Psychological distress among the frontline health workers. An online Google Form was created based on Dass-21 and ISI and a set of socio-demographic details was sent to the personal accounts of the medical workers working as frontline health care workers in South India through social media. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used to test the Linear relationship between sleep disturbances and psychological distress among frontline medical health workers. Descriptive analysis was used for assessing the prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress. Signs and symptoms of mild, moderate, severe, and extremely severe depression were observed among 8%, 14%, 5% and 11% respectively. Of the total 38 who had symptoms of depression, half of them were in the age group of 18-30 (N=19). There is no difference seen between incidence in males (N=19) and females (N=19). 45% were doctors. 43 participants exhibited symptoms of anxiety of which half were doctors of the age group 18-30, and only 25 participants had symptoms of stress. A significant correlation with insomnia was established for depression(r=.542), anxiety(r=.652) and stress(r=.670). The study suggests a significant correlation between insomnia with depression, anxiety and stress. Also, there is a high incidence of depression, anxiety and stress among frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 4

Page(s): 602 - 608
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