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Evaluation of sleep quality and anxiety in Italian pediatric healthcare workers during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Authors
  • Di Filippo, Paola1
  • Attanasi, Marina1
  • Dodi, Giulia1
  • Porreca, Annamaria2
  • Raso, Massimiliano1
  • Di Pillo, Sabrina1
  • Chiarelli, Francesco1, 3
  • 1 University of Chieti, Via dei Vestini 5, Chieti, 66100, Italy , Chieti (Italy)
  • 2 University of Chieti, Chieti, Italy , Chieti (Italy)
  • 3 “G.D’Annunzio” University Foundation, University of Chieti, Chieti, Italy , Chieti (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Research Notes
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jun 02, 2021
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-021-05621-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to evaluate sleep quality and psychological effects on pediatric healthcare workers during the first wave of COVID-19 epidemic in Italy and to evaluate differences between primary and secondary care operators. Pediatric healthcare workers were involved in an online survey to assess sleep quality, stress and anxiety level, self-efficacy and social support in Italian pediatric healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic.ResultsWe found that 67.4% of our sample suffered from sleep disturbance and 19.4% of subjects suffered from anxiety. Lower values of anxiety and social support were found in primary care staff compared to secondary care one. The associations between healthcare professional figures (being primary or secondary care operators) and mental health outcomes were not statistically significant. However, sex, age and having a SARS-CoV-2 infected relative/friend had an independent effect on mental health outcomes. It is crucial to provide social and psychological support to pediatric healthcare workers. A tailored psychological screening would be desirable for female healthcare workers and for those who have a SARS-CoV-2 infected relative/friend.

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