Predictors of Psychological Distress in Health Care Staff in Qatar during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Finza Latif Sidra Medicine
  • Sawssan Ahmed
  • Sumera Farhan
  • Felice Watt
  • Muhammad Waqar Azeem
Keywords: Mental health, Social isolation, Expatriates, Pandemic

Abstract

Background & Objective: The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused widespread psychological distress. The aims of the study were a) to assess mental health symptoms experienced by expatriate hospital staff and b) to determine the impact of staff wellbeing interventions specific to pandemic related stress.

Methods: The study was conducted from June 2020 until August 2020. A 16-question survey was disseminated online via Survey Monkey to assess the mental health needs of hospital staff during the pandemic. Based on results, a virtual, tiered mental health support model was developed, and staff feedback was collected.

Results: Almost 46.2% of respondents (N: 1001) reported at least one mental health symptom in the initial survey. The most common symptoms were anxiety, low mood and feelings of isolation. Being single and in poor health status were predictors of developing mental health symptoms (P <0.01). Female gender was a predictor for experiencing fear of getting infected. Time constraints at work was the most common reason for not accessing mental health support.

Conclusions: As in other parts of the world, hospital staff in Qatar experienced mental health symptoms and significant fear related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Being single and in poor health status were risk factors. Mental health interventions at work must take into account time constraints experienced by staff.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.7.4533

How to cite this:
Latif F, Ahmed SR, Farhan S, Watt F, Azeem MW. Predictors of Psychological Distress in Health Care Staff in Qatar during COVID-19 Pandemic. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(7):1782-1787. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.7.4533

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Published
2021-10-05
How to Cite
Latif, F., Ahmed, S., Farhan, S., Watt, F., & Azeem, M. (2021). Predictors of Psychological Distress in Health Care Staff in Qatar during COVID-19 Pandemic. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(7). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.7.4533
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