Document Type : Research Article
The percentage of healthcare personnel suffering from anxiety and insomnia increased during the Covid -19 pandemic. The objective of the study is to assess insomnia and anxiety among healthcare personnel involved in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among healthcare personnel. Residents. 5 tertiary care hospitals were selected purposively in Delhi. 91 respondents were selected for the study. A questionnaire through google forms was distributed and some of the questions required hybrid mode so the interview was conducted in hybrid mode in person or telephonically.
Results: The study revealed an 88% prevalence of definite cases of anxiety and 44.6% of some insomnia. The chi-square test reported a linear-by-linear association of 0.002 between Anxiety, Insomnia, fear of infecting the family members, and feeling of agitation while wearing the PPE kits. The study found that healthcare personnel having direct contact through the treatment of the infected patients experienced an increase in their anxiety scores, compared to HCPs having no direct contact with infected patients.
Conclusion: The results of this survey indicate that mental health symptoms like anxiety and insomnia have increased during the COVID-19 outbreak among healthcare professionals. The study also identified the associated risk factors and causes of mental health problems. Therefore, governments should proactively help in implementing mental health intervention policies in the country for the health professionals at risk, particularly those working in the COVID-ward.