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Labor stress during pandemic, especially among healthcare workers, study finds

6th October (WNN) — A study published on Wednesday by PLOS One found that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s stress levels have remained high across the board, but especially for healthcare workers, women and those aged 50 and over. For younger people.

In an assessment of more than 10,000 adults in 44 countries, including the United States, during the first half of 2020, study participants scored as high as 90 on the visual analog scale – a measure designed to measure stress levels. 0 to 100 scoring system, data shown

According to the researchers, physicians and paramedics registered among the highest scores, above 90, on average.

Compared to those working in other occupations, health workers were more than twice as likely to score above 80 on the scale, with paramedics 88% more likely than physicians.

Women in all occupations were about 80% more likely to register on the scale above 80, while women aged 50 and younger were 45% more likely to do so, he said.

“The pandemic has caused high levels of stress among workers,” study co-author Dr. Sebastian Courrez told WNN in an email.

“These levels have been particularly high for caregivers and especially for paramedics,” said Courrez, an anesthesiologist at the University Hospital of Toulouse in France.

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Previous research has documented high levels of job stress during the pandemic, even as many people worked from home.

Although healthcare professionals are working on the “frontline” of the pandemic, Courrez and her colleagues said, treating patients with COVID-19, people in other professions have said they are concerned that their jobs will be affected by the associated economic slowdown. security is at risk.

This is especially true in the United States compared to other wealthy countries, studies show.

For this study, Courrez and her colleagues used data from COVISTRESS, an international questionnaire distributed online that has collected demographic and stress-related information during the pandemic.

They analyzed responses from more than 10,000 workers, including nearly 1,400 healthcare workers, 631 physicians and 748 paramedics, who completed the survey from January to June 2020.

“The high impact of pandemic-related stress on young, working-age adults is explained by efforts to “ensure the safety of the older population,” Courrez said.

The researchers said that based on their findings, monitoring work-related stress, especially among health workers, is important for planning post-pandemic social services.

“Integrating stress management or stress learning programs into workplaces is essential,” Courrez said.


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