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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 257-265

Attitude, practice, behavior, and mental health impact of COVID-19 on doctors

1 Department of Psychiatry, Diamond Harbour Medical College, Diamond Harbour, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, Berhampore, West Bengal, India
3 ESI-PGIMSR, Manicktala, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Northwestern Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia
6 Department of Internal Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Ranjan Bhattacharyya
29, Anandasree, Garia, Near Boral TB Hospital, Kolkata - 700 084, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_333_20

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Background: COVID-19, like every other pandemic, has imposed an unprecedented threat to doctors' physical and mental health. Literature in this area is sparse. The present study has been done to explore the knowledge, attitude, and behavior of doctors regarding this pandemic and how it influences their depression, anxiety, and stress level. Materials and Methods: This online survey has been done for 10 days. Data were collected on background characteristics, knowledge, attitude, and behavior of the respondents in a semi-structured pro forma, and psychiatric morbidity was measured by the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale-21. A total of 152 complete responses have been received. The data were assessed using SPSS software. Results: Out of 152 study participants, 34.9% were depressed and 39.5% and 32.9% were having anxiety and stress, respectively. Significant predictors for psychiatric morbidities were experience in health sector, duty hours, use of protective measures, and altruistic coping. Multivariable logistic regression showed most of the factors to be significantly associated with depression, anxiety, and stress level. Discussion: Doctors who were working during COVID pandemic have a high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity. Age and having multiple comorbidities are significant predictive factors. Adequate protective measures should be warranted. Altruistic coping and a sense of greater goal are significant among the doctor community, in this pressing time. The doctors are pushing themselves to the best of their capacity and also protecting their patients' best interest. A large-scale, multicentric study will probably give a larger picture and will guide us for better service planning and delivery.



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