The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Frontline Health Workers Worldwide

Fabliha Hussain(1), Kenneth Vuong(1), and Tracy Flood(2), Department of Biology, The City College of New York (CUNY), 160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031 (1), BroadStreet, CEO & Co-founder of BroadStreet, 10437 W Innovation Drive STE B34 Milwaukee, WI 53226 (2)

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every individual worldwide, especially frontline healthcare workers. Although treating patients and getting this pandemic under control is a priority, oftentimes the impact that the pandemic has on the mental health of frontline workers is overlooked. With the influx of patients, their mental health is being worn down. Most countries are facing similar situations. Knowledge of how the mental health of workers facing the pandemic across different countries, however, is unknown. The aim of the study is to conduct a literature review that compares the mental health trends of healthcare workers in various countries. The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of frontline health workers could vary between countries and this literature review aims to find out if this is the case. Previous research mentions comparisons of the mental health of frontline workers to those of China but not other countries. Journal articles were examined that included the importance of mental health, the relevance of COVID-19 knowledge, and how COVID-19 impacted the mental health of the frontline workers in order to carry out these comparisons. These articles were found in ScienceDirect, National Institutes of Health, and Google Scholar by searching ‘covid19,’ ‘mental health,’ ‘frontline workers,’ ‘questionnaire,’ and ‘countries.’ Based on the literature, frontline healthcare workers faced similar psychological impacts in most countries. Stress, anxiety, and depression were common. Lack of preparedness, knowledge, and personal protective equipment along with the pressure from treating patients and anxiety for their own health were key factors that affected the mental health of frontline workers. Although there are mostly similarities, there were also some significant differences between specific countries. In the end, these factors that are common across countries should be addressed so that healthcare workers can continue working to the best of their abilities.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Kenneth Vuong, Fabliha Hussain

Institution: City University of New York- City College

Type: Poster

Subject: Global Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5090