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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134-137

Posttraumatic stress symptoms in health-care workers treating COVID-19 crisis: A cross-sectional descriptive study

Department of Psychiatry, Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, Telangana, India

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Dr. Gireesh Kumar Miryala
Kakathiya Medical College, Warangal, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjp.tjp_42_21

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Background: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-COVID 19) pandemic had much impact on both physical and psychological aspects. In order to assess the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among the health-care workers (HCWs), the study has been made. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 96 HCWs. The sociodemographic characteristics such as age, gender, department, and designation were collected using a standardized questionnaire. Posttraumatic stress symptoms were assessed using a self-administered PTSD checklist. Results: The mean severity score of PTSD symptoms was 38.5 (12.9). There was a positive correlation between age and the severity score assessed using the PTSD checklist. There was also significant difference between the departments and total score with the P = 0.02. Conclusion: It denotes that the HCWs were in moderate level of stress in the pandemic. It also shows that, among postgraduate students as their years of experience increased, PTSD score also increased.

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