COVID-19 Scan for Oct 22, 2020 | CIDRAP – PTSD symptoms noted in 29% of Norwegian health workers

PTSD symptoms noted in 29% of Norwegian health workers

A survey of healthcare and public service providers in Norway shows high rates of mental health problems, especially among those with direct COVID-19 patient care, highlighting the need for mental health monitoring and support.

Previous studies have identified higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among healthcare workers during pandemics due to fear of infection, higher patient deaths, responsibility for difficult decisions, and disruption of social support. The risk of pandemic-associated mental health problems has also been shown to be higher for women, younger workers, people previously diagnosed as having a mental disorder, and those lacking social support.

Source: COVID-19 Scan for Oct 22, 2020 | CIDRAP