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Coping Strategies among Healthcare Workers Directly Involved in Coronavirus Disease-2019 Care in a Tertiary Care Hospital in India

Ridhima Bhatia, Ragul Ganesh, Yudhyavir Singh, Nishant Patel, Shailender Kumar, Richa Aggarwal, Anjan Trikha

Keywords : Adaptive, Coronavirus disease-2019, Maladaptive, Mental health, Stress, Young doctors

Citation Information : Bhatia R, Ganesh R, Singh Y, Patel N, Kumar S, Aggarwal R, Trikha A. Coping Strategies among Healthcare Workers Directly Involved in Coronavirus Disease-2019 Care in a Tertiary Care Hospital in India. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2023; 17 (1):4-9.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0126

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 10-02-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background: The pandemic of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has put healthcare workers (HCWs) under the immense pressure of providing care to a large number of patients with the risk of getting infected. This has resulted in the rise of severe mental health issues in them and coping with such deep stress needs certain strategies. Aim: A study was used to evaluate the coping techniques adopted by the HCWs to deal with COVID-19-related stress. Methods: A 28-item Brief-coping orientation to problems experienced (COPE) questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey was used with the HCWs directly involved in the care of COVID-19 patients in September 2020 during the peak of the first COVID-19 wave and coping strategies were analyzed as continuous variables. Result: A total of 221 HCWs completed the questionnaire of which 166 (75%) were doctors. The mean scores for adaptive strategies and maladaptive strategies were 41.56 (9.04) and 21.41 (5.6), respectively. The most employed coping strategy was acceptance (6.35 ± 1.6) and the least was substance abuse (2.33 ± 0.9). Conclusion: Of all the coping strategies, adaptive strategies were the most employed. However, females and young ones employed maladaptive strategies, indicating the need for necessary attention in them.

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