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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

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CHAVEZ, Lara et al. Mental health of physicians and nurses of Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias y del Ambiente - INERAM "Juan Max Boettner" during the Covid-19 quarantine from July to September 2020. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2021, vol.11, n.1, pp.74-79. ISSN 2307-3349.


The rapid spread of Covid-19 worldwide caused the collapse of health systems, generating in health personnel a high load of stress, anxiety, fatigue, among other psychological disorders.


To determine the demographic, employment characteristics and psychological impact of the health personnel of Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias y del Ambiente - INERAM "Juan Max Boettner" in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic from July to September 2020.


Descriptive, cross-sectional study, with a convenience sampling. The data were obtained by means of a digital survey directed to doctors of different specialties and to the nursing staff of a reference hospital. Demographic, occupational and factors associated with anxiety, depression and burnout syndrome were measured.


87 doctors and 50 nurses were included in the study. The prevalence of anxiety was 42.3%, depression 32.8%, and burnout syndrome 24.1%. Workload of 12 hours or more was associated with the risk of developing anxiety, depression and burnout syndrome. Male showed higher risk for anxiety (54.2%) as compared to female (36%), personnel from intensive care staff and surgical area had a significantly higher risk of developing anxiety and depression.


The frequency of anxiety, depression and burnout syndrome were high, which highlights the vulnerability of the health personnel and the need to provide psychological support to the personnel in this hospital.

Palavras-chave : anxiety; depression; burnout syndrome; Paraguay.

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