This study by Belgium researchers finds that healthcare workers’ (HCWs') fear of COVID-19 and reluctance to work significantly increased between the first phase of the study in May 2020 and the second phase in October 2020.
Of 2,661 HCWs analyzed in phase 1 and 2,336 HCWs in phase 2:
Multivariate analysis found an association between reluctance to work, study phase, female gender, shortage of PPE, and poor education on COVID-19. In addition, COVID-19 fear was related to study phase, older age, female gender, being second-line rather than front-line HCWs, exposure to COVID-19 during work hours, and insufficient education on COVID-19.
This is the first large study to prospectively combine the assessment of seroprevalence and psychological impairments (ie, fear of COVID-19 and reluctance to work) in HCWs, the researchers say.Read More >>