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MONTES-BERGES, Beatriz  and  ORTUNEZ FERNANDEZ, M Elena. Psychological effects of the covid19 pandemic on healthcare professionals. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.62, pp.254-282.  Epub May 18, 2021. ISSN 1695-6141.


To analyze the psychological effects that the current coronavirus pandemic (covid19) is having on healthcare professionals.


Descriptive cross-sectional study in a sample of 1,150 healthcare professionals, randomly selected. Measurements and results were explained with the theoretical model of the Semantic Differential proposed by Osgood.


It has been found that, in general, healthcare professionals feel very unprotected, afraid and stressed. They were more afraid of self-contagion than of others. They perceived their work as effective, beneficial, active, useful and flexible, and at the same time, they feel kind, affective, sincere, warm and discreet. We found that nurses, and later, nurse care technicians feel more useful, brave, important, and sincere than other healthcare categories, including physicians. The emotions that the health personnel felt were strongly influenced by their political orientation.


The study carried out on the psychological effect of the current pandemic on health professionals provides significant differences depending on the profession, the employment contract, the sex and the political orientation of the interviewees.

Keywords : Sanitary Profiles; pandemic; coronavirus; Covid-19; psychological skills; emotions; semantic differential; nurses.

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