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EuropePMC; 2022.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-337884


Abstract Background: COVID-19 outbreak resulted in negative mental health consequences such as depression, anxiety, and stress, particularly among healthcare workers. Objective: To evaluate health care workers' mental well-being and explore the reasons standing beyond their concerns and fears. Methods: : From January to June 2021, we recruited 107 health care workers from psychiatric hospitals. The translated Arabic version COVID stress scale was used to assess their level of stress. The WHO Quality of Life - BREF score was used to assess their level of affection for their quality of life. Results: : The majority of our sample (45.8%) was between the ages of 20 and 30. Females made up 37.8% of the group. The majority of them were infected during the first wave. The COVID Stress Scale (CSS) revealed that 21.5% of participants had no signs or symptoms of depression, while 55.1% had mild symptoms. Only 23.4% of our sample had moderate to severe symptoms. When categorized by domains, the mean CSS score was 12.21 ± 5.62 for the danger subscale, 6.18 ± 4.07 for the socioeconomic subscale, 8.44 ± 4.58 for the xenophobia subscale, 7.99 ± 4.18 for the contamination subscale, 5.87 ± 4.32 for traumatic subscale, and 11.13 ± 6.15 for compulsive subscale. The mean scores for the WHO QOL-brief score for the physical aspect were 91.51 ± 21.5, 75.25 ± 12.84 for the psychological aspect, 40.42 ± 8.52 for the social aspect, and 96.26 ± 17.76 for the environmental aspect. Conclusion: we discovered that healthcare workers experienced high levels of stress, particularly during and after COVID -19 pandemic waves.