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Fırat Tıp Dergisi
2023, Cilt 28, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 056-064
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Health Care Workers: The Most Blown Away in the COVID-19 Pandemic Hurricane
1Elazig Fethi Sekin City Hospital, Clinic of Internal Medicine, Elazig, Turkey
2Elazig Fethi Sekin City Hospital, Intensive Care, Elazig, Turkey

Objective: We conducted a questionnaire to reveal the stress, anxiety and burnout that health professionals have experienced during the pandemic period, and the social, economic and work-related problems encountered.

Material and Method: A total of 416 healthcare professionals participated in the study. They were reached via an electronic questionnaire form through social media groups and given detailed information abıut the study. They were asked 8 sociodemographic questions, 6 questions for health status of HCW, 8 questions about the changes in working and economic conditions, 11 questions for social and psychological changes of HCW.

Results: Ninetyfive percent of the employees felt burnout along with tension, anxiety and restlessness. Despite this, 88% did not receive any psychological support. There have also been changes in the family and social arrangements of the majority of the HCW (94%). Nearly 90% of the HCW worked under pressure. Only 18% of the health professionals who participated in our study did not hesitate to continue their current profession. There is a significant relationship between the participants\' decreased willingness to choose the same profession again and their tension/anxiety and burnout (p <0.05).

Conclusion: HCW are effected socially, economically and psychological with the rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic. They experienced stres, anxiety and burnout besides fatigue. This may lead to problems such as taking care of patients and quality in health care even collapses in the health sector. We suggest that providing and sustaining psychological, economical, social and behavioral support for HCW and health sector.

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