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Enfermería Global

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PEREIRA-DA SILVA, Maria Clara et al. Mental illness among health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2024, vol.23, n.73, pp.206-255.  Epub 23-Feb-2024. ISSN 1695-6141.


Mental illness has become the target of current scientific studies to the detriment of the consequences of the recent pandemic of the new coronavirus, especially among health professionals due to its intrinsic relationship in the care of victims of covid-19 and the work overload in this period.


To investigate mental illness among health professionals during the covid-19 pandemic.

Materials and Method:

This is a cross-sectional, descriptive study with a quantitative approach, conducted in a municipality of Paraíba, with 126 health professionals from different services in the city. A sociodemographic questionnaire with 10 questions was used, in addition to two validated instruments, the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale.


The majority is woman (n=105), aged between 26 and 36 years (n=49), with technical level (n=37), community health agents (n=39), worked for more than 10 years (n=62), had a workload of up to 48 hours per week (n=95), did not use psychotropic drugs (n=109) or therapy (n=115) in the last 12 months. It was found that 30.96% had some degree of depression, 39.68% suffered with some degree of anxiety and 38.88% suffered with stress. Moderate Burnout was identified (n=86), and most were in the depersonalization phase.


Considering the mental health problems of health professionals, such as anxiety, depression, stress and Burnout syndrome, the findings of this study are important, since they allow the development of measures, psychological health care to health professionals.

Palabras clave : COVID-19; Mental Health; Burnout Syndrome; Health Professionals.

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