A Study of Depressive Symptoms in Doctors Working at COVID-19 Hospitals: An Online Survey.Musharaf Bashir1, Himani Ahluwalia2, Sheikh Imran Sayeed1, Imran Nazir Salroo3
1Department Of Physiology, GMC & SMHS hospital, Srinagar, J&K, India.
2Department Of Physiology, VMMC & Safdarjung hospital, New Delhi, India.
3Department of Radiodiagnosis, SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar, J&K,India
Objective: COVID19 outbreak has put a tremendous physical and mental burden on frontline doctors. A limited amount of literature is available in this area. The present study was done to assess the depressive symptoms and depression levels in doctors working at COVID-19 Hospitals.Keywords: COVID-19, Depression, Doctors, Males
Method: This study was based on an online survey that was started on May 2020 and ended on 30th June, 2020. An online questionnaire which included details such as age, gender, and 21 items to assess depressive symptoms was sent through social media to doctors from various countries. Depressive symptoms were measured by Beck’s Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II). Items of a total of 220 questionnaires were responded. Out of these, only 200 responses were analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: Out of 200 subjects, 110 (55%) had depressive symptoms and 90 (45%) had no symptoms. Males had more depressive symptoms (42.5%) than females (12.5%). Those who worked at COVID-19 centers 75 (37.5%) had higher depressive symptoms. The number of males working at COVID-19 centers was much higher (36%) than females (12%). Depressive symptoms were significantly higher in males than females (35.35±10.25 vs 16.90±7.76; p<0.0001).
Conclusion: Doctors, especially males working at COVID-19 centers have higher depressive symptoms than their female colleagues.
Multicentric studies with larger sample sizes are needed to study the impact of COVID-19 on frontline doctors.
Musharaf Bashir, Himani Ahluwalia, Sheikh Imran Sayeed, Imran Nazir Salroo. A Study of Depressive Symptoms in Doctors Working at COVID-19 Hospitals: An Online Survey.. Medeniyet Med J. 2020; 35(4): 310-314
Corresponding Author: Musharaf Bashir, India