The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Health Professionals

Maria Zilda Lacerda Assunção de Mello¹*, Alexia Venâncio Fideles¹, Raissa Lemos Fontes¹, Ramon Gonçalves de Melo Valente², Vitória Maria Gomes Rabelo¹, Héberte de Santana Arruda³.

¹Acadêmica de Medicina da Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Recife.;²Acadêmico de Medicina da UNINASSAU, Recife.; ³Mestrando do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Dentística/Endodontia da Faculdade de Odontologia de Pernambuco.

Objective: To assess the impact on mental health of health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Narrative review of the literature, of a descriptive character, carried out through bibliographic survey through a search strategy based on the terms: Mental health, Health professionals and Covid-19. Inclusion criteria were adopted: articles published in Portuguese, English and Spanish indexed in the PUBMED / MEDLINE, SciELO and VHL databases published between February 2020 and August 2020.

Results: The COVID-19 pandemic established a chaos in all sectors of society, the health sphere was the most affected. The routine of health professionals was abruptly altered by the constant confrontation of an enormous pressure that goes from working in an environment with a high risk of contamination without adequate protection, excessive working hours, frustration, lack of contact with family to experiences of discrimination by a small part of society who see them as potential vectors of disease transmission.

Conclusion: The pandemic was extremely harmful to the health of health professionals, affecting their emotional balance. It was shown that the pandemic scenario caused a lot of damage, as these professionals were exposed to high and intense workloads, which caused physical and mental exhaustion, leading to a feeling of weakness and professional insecurity.

Keywords: Mental health. Health professionals. Covid-19.

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Maria Zilda Lacerda Assunção de Mello, Alexia Venâncio Fideles, Raissa Lemos Fontes, Ramon Gonçalves de Melo Valente, Vitória Maria Gomes Rabelo, Héberte de Santana Arruda.THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. International Journal of Neuroscience Research, 2021; 5:14. DOI: 10.28933/ijnr-2021-06-2005


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