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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 274-277

Perceived stress, anxiety, stigma, and coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study among physicians in the Mumbai metropolitan region

1 Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department Psychiatry, Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Shruti V Tilak
Ground Floor, Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_10_22

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Context: Health-care workers (HCWs) are facing stigma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stigma is associated with poor mental health. Aims: This study aimed to assess the prevalence and psychological impact of COVID-19-related stigma and different coping mechanisms among physicians in Mumbai. Settings and Design: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted. Subjects and Methods: One hundred and seventy physicians from Mumbai were administered questionnaires on perceived stress, anxiety, COVID-19-related stigma, and coping strategies. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation tests, and binary logistic regression in the SPSS, version 20.0. Results: The prevalence of stress and anxiety was 57.6% and 20.0%, respectively. 34.7% of physicians felt stigmatized due to COVID-19. Stress was significantly associated with COVID-19-related stigma (P = 0.009), and emotion-oriented coping (P = 0.000), as was anxiety (P = 0.000, P = 0.000, respectively). Conclusions: COVID-19-related stigma is a major issue among physicians. Stigma and emotion-oriented coping mechanisms are predictive of mental distress in this population.

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