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BackgroundNo studies have reported on how to relieve distress or relax in medical health workers while wearing medical protective equipment in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The study aimed to establish which relaxation technique, among six, is the most feasible in first-line medical health workers wearing medical protective equipment.MethodsThis was a two-step study collecting data with online surveys. Step 1 15 first-line medical health workers were trained to use six different relaxation techniques and reported the two most feasible techniques while wearing medical protective equipment. Step 2 the most two feasible relaxation techniques revealed by step 1 were quantitatively tested in a sample of 65 medical health workers in terms of efficacy, no space limitation, no time limitation, no body position requirement, no environment limitation to be done, easiness to learn, simplicity, convenience, practicality, and acceptance.ResultsKegel exercise and autogenic relaxation were the most feasible techniques according to step 1. In step 2, Kegel exercise outperformed autogenic relaxation on all the 10 dimensions among the 65 participants while wearing medical protective equipment (efficacy 24 v. 15, no space

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30 v. 4, no time

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31 v. 4, no body position requirement 26 v. 4, no environment

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30 v. 11, easiness to learn 28 v. 5, simplicity 29 v. 7, convenience 29 v. 4, practicality 30 v. 14, acceptance 32 v. 6).ConclusionKegel exercise seems a promising self-relaxation technique for first-line medical health workers while wearing medical protective equipment among COVID-19 pandemic.
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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: Psychological Medicine Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: Psychological Medicine Year: 2022 Document Type: Article