Post-traumatic stress and stress disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: Survey of emergency physicians.

Title

Post-traumatic stress and stress disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: Survey of emergency physicians.

Creator

Marco CA; Larkin GL; Feeser VR; Monti JE; Vearrier L

Publisher

Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open

Date

2020
2020-12

Description

OBJECTIVE: Emergency physicians routinely encounter stressful clinical situations, including treating victims of crime, violence, and trauma; facing the deaths of patients; and delivering bad news. During a pandemic, stress may be increased for healthcare workers. This study was undertaken to identify symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among emergency physicians during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was developed using the Life Events Checklist for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 (DSM-5) and the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5). The survey was distributed to members of the American College of Emergency Physicians from May 21, 2020, through June 22, 2020. RESULTS: Among 1300 emergency physicians, a significant number of participants (22.3%; 95% confidence interval, 20.3-24.3%) reported symptoms of stress consistent with PTSD (PCL score ≥ 33). Higher PCL-5 scores were associated with age younger than 50 years (P < 0.05) and <10 years in practice (P < 0.05). The major sources of stress identified by participants included disinformation about COVID-19, computer work/electronic medical record, personal protective equipment concerns, and workload. The most common consequences of workplace stress were feeling distant or cut off from other people and sleep disturbance, such as trouble falling or staying asleep. CONCLUSIONS: A significant number of emergency physicians reported symptoms of stress consistent with PTSD. Higher PCL-5 scores were associated with age younger than 50 years and <10 years in practice.

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Pages

1594-1601

Issue

6

Volume

1

ISSN

2688-1152

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Emergency Medicine

Update Year & Number

January 2021 List

Affiliated Hospital

Summa Health Akron City Hospital

Citation

Marco CA; Larkin GL; Feeser VR; Monti JE; Vearrier L, “Post-traumatic stress and stress disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: Survey of emergency physicians.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed July 31, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11517.

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