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Psychological impact of COVID-19 on health-care workers in southern India

 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Parveen Sultana Shaik,
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Takkellapadu, Guntur - 522 509, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_126_21

Background: The study aims to uncover some of the relevant concerns, with a specific emphasis on psychological and mental status evaluation, as well as a few suggested coping mechanisms. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, observational study conducted on medical, dental, and nursing from all over India. The questionnaire, which consisted of 19 questions, was designed to determine the health-care professionals' awareness of the WHO guidelines. Collected data were computed with SPSS version 25 and analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent t-test and Chi-square test, Pearson correlation, and one-way ANOVA. Results: Medical (4.23 ± 0.645) health-care personnel have higher mean stress levels than nursing (3.16 ± 0.458) and dental (2.2 ± 0.953) health-care workers (HCWs) (P = 0.0001). In terms of work experience, 6–10 years (3.35 ± 1.13) have higher stress levels than 1–5 years and >10 years (P = 0.005). Conclusion: This study uncovered a high pervasiveness of discerning stress among HCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which afflicted all workers despite the demographic status.

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