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The level of health anxiety before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Norbye, Anja Davis; Farbu, Erlend Hoftun; Terjesen, Christoffer Lilja; Fleten, Nils; Höper, Anje Christina.
  • Norbye AD; Department of Community Medicine, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
  • Farbu EH; Department of Community Medicine, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
  • Terjesen CL; Department of Community Medicine, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
  • Fleten N; Department of Rehabilitation, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
  • Höper AC; Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration Troms and Finnmark, Tromsø, Norway.
PLoS One ; 18(5): e0285799, 2023.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20240608
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Concerns about disease and an increase in health anxiety levels are expected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there have been few longitudinal studies of health anxiety in the general population during this time period. The aim of this study was to examine health anxiety levels before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in an adult, working population in Norway. MATERIAL AND

METHODS:

This study included 1012 participants aged 18-70 years with one or more measurements of health anxiety (1402 measurements total) from the pre-pandemic period (2015 to March 11, 2020) and/or during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 12, 2020 to March 31, 2022). Health anxiety was measured with the revised version of the Whiteley Index-6 scale (WI-6-R). We estimated the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health anxiety scores with a general estimation equation analysis, and age, gender, education, and friendship were included in subgroup analyses.

RESULTS:

We found no significant change in health anxiety scores during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the pre-pandemic period in our adult, working population. A sensitivity analysis restricted to participants with two or more measurements showed similar results. Moreover, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health anxiety scores was not significant in any subgroup analysis.

CONCLUSION:

Health anxiety remained stable, with no significant change observed between the pre-pandemic period and the first 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic in an adult, working population in Norway.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Cohort study / Observational study / Prognostic study Limits: Adult / Humans Language: English Journal: PLoS One Journal subject: Science / Medicine Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Journal.pone.0285799

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pandemics / COVID-19 Type of study: Cohort study / Observational study / Prognostic study Limits: Adult / Humans Language: English Journal: PLoS One Journal subject: Science / Medicine Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Journal.pone.0285799