In addition to physical health, pandemics affect mental health. The aim was to reveal problems encountered during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by pediatric neurologists and pediatric neurology residents in Turkey.
Participants were sent a survey form using Google Forms between November 05, 2020, and December 07, 2020. The form included questions about demographic information, changes to services offered, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient follow-up/treatment and doctor decision-making, the Depression-Anxiety-Stress Scale 21, and the Impact of Events scale for posttraumatic stress disorder.
A total of 232 pediatric neurologists and residents (mean age: 40.67 ± 7.8 years) participated. Of these 182 participants (78.4%) stated the pandemic had affected decisions during diagnosis and treatment management. A total of 222 participants completed the Depression-Anxiety-Stress Scale 21 and Impact of Events scale. Of these, points at levels that were “severe and very severe” were present for 42 participants (18.9%) for depression, 29 participants for anxiety (13%), and 31 participants for stress (14%). Impact of Events scale points were high at “severe” levels for 122 participants (55%). All scores were higher for those with individuals at risk in terms of COVID-19 in their family compared with those without individuals at risk in the family (P < 0.05).
As we emerge from the destruction caused by COVID-19, it will be beneficial not only for our professional practice but also in terms of our individual health to learn lessons that will assist in managing the next pandemic waiting in our future.
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