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A survey of anxiety and burnout in the radiology workforce of a tertiary hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Huang, Hian Liang; Chen, Robert Chun; Teo, Irene; Chaudhry, Isha; Heng, Ai Ling; Zhuang, Kun Da; Tan, Hiang Khoon; Tan, Bien Soo.
  • Huang HL; Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Division of Radiological Sciences, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.
  • Chen RC; Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Radiological Sciences, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.
  • Teo I; Programme for Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
  • Chaudhry I; Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
  • Heng AL; Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
  • Zhuang KD; Department of Radiography, Division of Radiological Sciences, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.
  • Tan HK; Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Division of Radiological Sciences, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.
  • Tan BS; Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology, Singapore General Hospital and National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore.
J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol ; 65(2): 139-145, 2021 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1085304
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1. Anxiety COEXISTS_WITH COVID-19
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Anxiety
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COEXISTS_WITH
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COVID-19
2. Physical and emotional exhaustion state COEXISTS_WITH COVID-19
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Physical and emotional exhaustion state
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COVID-19
3. Staff DIAGNOSES Anxiety
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Staff
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Anxiety
4. Anxiety COEXISTS_WITH COVID-19
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Anxiety
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COEXISTS_WITH
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COVID-19
5. Physical and emotional exhaustion state COEXISTS_WITH COVID-19
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Physical and emotional exhaustion state
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COVID-19
6. Staff DIAGNOSES Anxiety
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Staff
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Anxiety
ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

We aimed to study anxiety and burnout among Division of Radiological Sciences (RADSC) staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and identify potential risk and protective factors. These outcomes were compared with non-RADSC staff.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional online study was conducted between 12 March and 20 July 2020 in the largest public tertiary hospital receiving COVID-19 cases. Burnout and anxiety were assessed with the Physician Work-Life Scale and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 Scale, respectively. Workplace factors were examined as potential risk and protective factors using multivariable ordinary least squares regression analyses, adjusting for pertinent demographic characteristics.

RESULTS:

RADSC staff (n = 180) and non-RADSC staff (n = 1458) demonstrated moderate-to-severe anxiety rates of 6.7 and 13.2 % and burnout rates of 17.8 and 23.9 %, respectively. RADSC staff reported significantly lower anxiety (mean ± SD 4.0 ± 3.7 vs 4.9 ± 4.5; P-value < 0.05), burnout (mean ± SD 1.9 ± 0.7 vs 2.1 ± 0.8; P-value < 0.01), increased teamwork (82.2% vs 74.1%; P-value < 0.05) and fewer night shifts (36.7% vs 41.1%; P-value < 0.01). Among RADSC staff, higher job dedication was associated with lower anxiety (b (95% CI) = -0.28 (-0.45, -0.11)) and burnout (b (95% CI) = -0.07 (-0.11,-0.04)), while longer than usual working hours was associated with increased anxiety (b (95% CI) = 1.42 (0.36, 2.45)) and burnout (b (95% CI) = 0.28 (0.09, 0.48)).

CONCLUSIONS:

A proportion of RADSC staff reported significant burnout and anxiety, although less compared to the larger hospital cohort. Measures to prevent longer than usual work hours and increase feelings of enthusiasm and pride in one's job may further reduce the prevalence of anxiety problems and burnout in radiology departments.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Anxiety Disorders / Radiology Department, Hospital / Burnout, Professional / Pandemics / COVID-19 / Health Workforce Type of study: Cohort study / Etiology study / Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials Limits: Adult / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: Asia Language: English Journal: J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol Journal subject: Diagnostic Imaging / Neoplasms / Radiology Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 1754-9485.13152

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Anxiety Disorders / Radiology Department, Hospital / Burnout, Professional / Pandemics / COVID-19 / Health Workforce Type of study: Cohort study / Etiology study / Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials Limits: Adult / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: Asia Language: English Journal: J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol Journal subject: Diagnostic Imaging / Neoplasms / Radiology Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 1754-9485.13152