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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-119

Impact of COVID-19 on the Work Performance of Healthcare Workers in Neurosurgery Operation Theater at a Tertiary Care Institute: A Pilot Study

1 Department of Neurosurgery, GB Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (GIPMER), New Delhi, India
2 Neurosurgery Operation Theatre, GB Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (GIPMER), New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Katyal Abhishek
GB Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (GIPMER), New Delhi-110002
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_30_21

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Background: The novel corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had a massive impact on healthcare systems, increasing the risks of psychologic distress in health professionals in response to chronic emotional and interpersonal stressors on the job; especially associated with surgical care. Aims and Objectives: To assess the impact of COVID-19 on the psychologic health and work performance of healthcare workers (HCWs) in operation theaters (OTs). Methodology: A questionnaire-based survey study was conducted among health professionals associated with neurosurgery OT. Results: Sixty-five HCWs (including doctors, nursing staff, and other HCWs) participated in the survey. The fear of spread of COVID-19 infection to family members was found in majority of HCWs especially nursing staff (96%). The fear of COVID-related death was least among the other HCWs (8%). Majority of the HCWs followed COVID protocols at work place. Transportation issues were a major complaint by other HCWs (67%), whereas majority of the HCWs (71%) were of the opinion that donning and doffing practices affected their daily work routine. Conclusion: Fears and stigmas associated with COVID −19 had an impact on the psychosocial health of HCWs in the neurosurgery OT and affected their workplace performance.

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