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Psychological distress experienced by physicians and nurses at a tertiary care center in Lebanon during the COVID-19 outbreak

Authors
  • Bizri, Maya1
  • Kassir, Ghida1
  • Tamim, Hani1
  • Kobeissy, Firas1, 2
  • Hayek, Samer El1
  • 1 American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2 University of Florida, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Health Psychology
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 10, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105321991630
PMID: 33567926
PMCID: PMC7879044
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Article
License
Green

Abstract

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant mental health toll on healthcare workers in Lebanon. We examined pandemic-related psychological distress among healthcare workers in a tertiary care medical center. One hundred and fifty participants completed an online questionnaire. About half showed a high risk of acute distress (58.7%) on the GHQ-28, while most (89.3%) scored low/moderate stress on the PSS-10. The IES-R revealed concern for post-traumatic stress in one-third of participants, significantly in nurses ( p = 0.008) and those living with vulnerable individuals ( p = 0.030). Mental health history did not increase the risk. Our findings highlight the need for early targeted interventions during the pandemic.

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