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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 18(16)2021 Aug 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1341691


Pandemics impose an immense psychological burden on healthcare workers due to a combination of workplace stressors and personal fears. Nurses and auxiliary nursing care technicians (ANCTs) are on the front line of this pandemic and form the largest group in healthcare practice. The aim of this study is to determine the symptoms of depression and/or anxiety among nurses and ANCTs during the periods known as the first wave (March-June) and second wave (September-November) of theCOVID-19 pandemic in Spain. An observational cross-sectional study was carried out using an anonymous, self-administered questionnaire among nurses and ANCTs practising in Spain. During the first period, 68.3% and 49.6% of the subjects presented anxiety and depression, respectively, decreasing in the second period (49.5% for anxiety and 35.1% for depression). There were statistically significant differences between the different categories and periods (p < 0.001). The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively influenced mental health in nurses and ANCTs. Mental health should be monitored and coping strategies promoted to improve the health, productivity and efficiency of these professionals.

COVID-19 , Mental Health , Nurses , Nursing Assistants/psychology , Anxiety/epidemiology , COVID-19/psychology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Depression/epidemiology , Health Personnel , Humans , Nurses/psychology , Pandemics , Surveys and Questionnaires