Level of General Stress in Doctors Community in Pre and Post Covid-19 Scenario in Different Hospitals of Pakistan

  • Shaista Nayyar Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Asif Niaz Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Naseer Ahmed Abbas Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Naveed Lashari Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Jawad Ahmad Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Shahid Khan Pakistan Air Force Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus disease, Doctors, PHQ-9- patient health questionnaire, Stress

Abstract

Objectives: To find out the level of stress among the doctor community before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in different public sector hospitals.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Divisional Headquarters DHQ Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal Pakistan and two Public Sector Hospitals at Okara and Islamabad Pakistan, from Aug 2019 to Aug 2020.

Methodology: A total of 320 doctors in two Groups were included in the study. Group-1 included 197 doctors in pre-COVID-19 time i-e from Aug 2019 to Jan 2020, while Group-2 included 123 doctors working in the COVID-19 scenario. The stress was assessed according to responses on a structured questionnaire and patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9) scores.

Results: Three hundred and twenty doctors participated in the study, out of which 78(39.8%) doctors in the First Group and 49(40.4%) in Second Group developed depression during their duties. More female doctors participated in the study, most of whom were young doctors who were actively involved in COVID-19 patients.

Conclusion: There is no significant rise in stress among the doctors working in the COVID-19 situation in public sector hospitals of Pakistan.

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Published
2022-11-03
How to Cite
Nayyar, S., Niaz, A., Abbas, N., Lashari, N., Ahmad, J., & Khan, S. (2022). Level of General Stress in Doctors Community in Pre and Post Covid-19 Scenario in Different Hospitals of Pakistan. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(5), 1616-19. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i5.5668
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