The healthcare profession can be taxing on one’s mental health at the best of times, especially among those that have recently joined the profession. The decision making involved in a patient’s care knowing that they impact your patient’s life significantly, the expectations from patients and their families, and recently the ever-growing worry about patients or relatives becoming violent are just some of the reasons.
With that existing scenario, in came the new COVID-19 pandemic that posed an even higher demand from healthcare workers. The constant rise in number of cases and deaths, the initial lack of any specific treatment plans or vaccines, the closure of entire hospitals, the extensive global media coverage, increased workload, inadequate PPE, feeling unsupported, long working hours, fear of exposure to the virus and the risk of infecting loved ones, staying away from one’s support systems, and the stigma of being a healthcare worker were just some of the initial issues faced by healthcare workers. Working among these risk factors increases the risk of physical, emotional, and psychological distress.
Different research studies have been conducted around the world to learn the effects of the pandemic on healthcare workers. Reviews of these studies