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J Sleep Med. 2020;17(1):93-97.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jsm.200016
The Mental Health and Sleep Quality of the Medical Staff at a Hub-Hospital against COVID-19 in South Korea
Doo Hyuk Kwon1 , Jihye Hwang1 , Yong Won Cho1 , Mei Ling Song2 , Keun Tae Kim1
1Department of Neurology, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
2Department of Nursing Science, College of Nursing, Daegu Health College, Daegu, Korea
Corresponding Author: Keun Tae Kim ,Tel: +82-53-258-4379, Fax: +82-53-258-4380, Email: 6k5upa@gmail.com
Received: June 3, 2020   Revised: June 11, 2020   Accepted: June 12, 2020   Published online: June 30, 2020
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Objectives: Now, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is worldwide threatening. Medical staff’s efforts and sacrifices against COVID-19 are still ongoing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the mental health of the medical staff who have fought against the COVID-19 in hub hospitals.
Methods: The medical staff underwent an evaluation of psychiatric and sleep status between March 23rd and April 3rd, 2020. Based on the evaluation, we retrospectively analyzed depression, anxiety, and sleep quality of the medical staff, who worked more than 7 days for fighting against the COVID-19.
Results: This study included a total of 101 medical staff. Approximately 1/4 of the medical staff showed depressive mood and low quality of sleep, and more than 1/3 reported anxiety. The nurses reported more severe psychiatric symptoms and poorer sleep quality.
Conclusions: This study demonstrated the mental and sleep status of the medical staff against COVID-19. Medical and social support should be considered for them.
Keywords: Medical staff | Sleep | Depression | COVID-19 | Mental health
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