Event Title

Psychological distress among health workers during the COVID-19: a qualitative study

Session

Psychology

Description

The objective of this study was to assess the psychosocial experiences of caregivers of COVID-19 patients. From March 21 to October 3, we enrolled 21 doctors and 52 nurses who provided care for COVID-19 patients in secondary and tertiary health care institutions around Kosovo. The interviews were conducted face-to-face. Thematic analysis was used as a method for the analysis of interview transcripts. The psychological experience of doctors and nurses caring for COVID-19 patients can be summarized into 5 main themes. First, fear of being contaminated with COVID-19 in workplace and fear of infecting the family members. Second, death anxiety. Third, anxiety due to the nature of the disease. Forth, emotional distress for delivering bad news to the patients, and fifth, the emergence of obsessive thoughts.

Keywords:

COVID-19, psychological distress, caregivers, Kosovo, qualitative study

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-47-5

Location

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

Start Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

30-10-2021 12:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2021.279

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Psychological distress among health workers during the COVID-19: a qualitative study

UBT Kampus, Lipjan

The objective of this study was to assess the psychosocial experiences of caregivers of COVID-19 patients. From March 21 to October 3, we enrolled 21 doctors and 52 nurses who provided care for COVID-19 patients in secondary and tertiary health care institutions around Kosovo. The interviews were conducted face-to-face. Thematic analysis was used as a method for the analysis of interview transcripts. The psychological experience of doctors and nurses caring for COVID-19 patients can be summarized into 5 main themes. First, fear of being contaminated with COVID-19 in workplace and fear of infecting the family members. Second, death anxiety. Third, anxiety due to the nature of the disease. Forth, emotional distress for delivering bad news to the patients, and fifth, the emergence of obsessive thoughts.