Cross-Sectional Online Study of the Psychological Status of Russian Doctors during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Background. COVID-19 outbreak resulted in an increased psychological and physical pressure on healthcare professionals worldwide. Doctors treating COVID-19 patients have turned out to be at higher risk of depression, anxiety, psychosomatic disorders. The data about the influence of the pandemic on psychological health of Russian doctors is still missing.

Aims — to evaluate a psychological status of Russian doctors during COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods. This cross-sectional online-study was conducted among 133 doctors of different specialties aged 25–70 (mean age 43.6 ± 9.9), 112 (84.2%) of the them were females. We assessed the work conditions of the respondents during pandemic, the presence of psychosomatic disorders, depression and anxiety levels by HADS scale.

Results. Almost two thirds (82; 61.7%) of the respondents reported an increased workload during the pandemic, 54.1% of them work more than 40 hours per week. The income has risen only in 25.6% of the doctors. Most of the respondents announced a manifestation of one or more psychosomatic disorders during the pandemic. The most frequent complaint was insomnia found in 72 (54.1%) of the doctors. Clinical anxiety was confirmed in 30 (22.6%), clinical depression in 15 (11.3%), moderate anxiety in 22 (16.5%), moderate depression in 31 (23.3%), both clinical anxiety and depression in 6% of the participants.

Conclusions. During the pandemic Russian doctors continue to work under physical and psychological pressure and provide medical care even if they have clinical depression and anxiety that influences on patient’s and doctor’s wellbeing. There’s still a lack of psychological assistance to doctors and of other methods to prevent professional burn-out.

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Anna V. Vlasova

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7677-1544
SPIN-code: 8802-7325

MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Russian Federation, bld. 2, 8, Trubetskaya str., Moscow, 119991

Maria V. Vetluzhskaya

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9733-4813
SPIN-code: 6539-8230

MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Russian Federation, bld. 2, 8, Trubetskaya str., Moscow, 119991

Yulia A. Lutokhina

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7154-6794
SPIN-code: 7061-5028

MD, PhD, Assistant

Russian Federation, bld. 2, 8, Trubetskaya str., Moscow, 119991

Polina A. Haritonova

I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9434-1233

Clinical Resident

Russian Federation, bld. 2, 8, Trubetskaya str., Moscow, 119991


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